Poland 1792-EB ducat Fr-104
This specimen was lot 30380 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Stanislaus August gold Ducat 1792-EB MS61 NGC, Warsaw mint. A delightful specimen featuring the bust of Stanislaus Augustus with luminous, yellow-gold color and a tremendous amount of original mint bloom. Evidence of light handling, as well as a slight bend to the flan are noticeable; however, this is a scarcely encountered issue that is virtually unseen at any level, making this current selection--which also happens to be the only certified mint-state example of this date--a fantastic representative and a rare find." The kingdom of Poland, weakened by the devastation of the Great Northern War (1700-21), fell under the domination of her neighbors, Prussia, Russia and Austria. Stanislaus Poniatowski, a former lover of Catherine the Great, was installed as her puppet king on the death of the Saxon August III. When he proved to be insufficiently pliant, the partitions began. In three slices, in 1772, 1793 and 1795, the entire state was devoured. Even then, Stanislaus could not rally the greedy and selfish Polish nobility to defend the country.
Recorded mintage: 29,000 (including KM 196).
Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold.
Catalog reference: KM 210, Fr-104.
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- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3040, featuring the Santa Maria, the Alan Dean and the Valley View Life Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.