Oppeln and Ratibor 1653 2 ducat Fr-511a
This specimen was lot 30892 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $28,800. The catalog description noted, "Oppeln & Ratibor. Karl Ferdinand of Poland gold 2 Ducat 1653 UNC Details (Mount Removed) PCGS. An incredible rarity, featuring no real wear, but some evidence of mounting and its subsequent removal. Pleasingly lustrous and sharply struck. No other examples could be located by this cataloger, though the piece is similar to the octagonal 3 Ducats klippe which we sold as part of the Newman collection (sale 3029, lot 30062). That example, an NGC MS63, realized a hammer of $50,000. All of these gold issues from Oppeln & Ratibor, therefore, are at a supreme level of importance, and it was the present specimen's use a jewelry piece which likely saved it. Of the highest interest for the advanced collector of Silesian or those issues which fell under the Bohemian crown." This rarity was accompanied by KM 36 (single ducat), KM 38 (double ducat), KM 39 (klippe double ducat), KM 41 (triple ducat), KM 42 (klippe triple ducat), KM 43 (hexagonal triple ducat), KM 44 (octagonal), KM 46 (4 ducat) and KM 48 (10 ducat). The king of Poland or his nominee was duke 1647-64, then it was a Hapsburg possession until 1740.
Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.
Specification: 7 g, .986 fine gold.
Catalog reference: KM 38 (previously KM117 under Breslau), Fr-511a (under Breslau).
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- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.