Prussia 1706-HFH ducat Fr-2314
This specimen was lot 30085 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $5,875. The catalog description noted, "Popular Commemorative Type Prussia. Friedrich Wilhelm & Sophia Dorothea gold Ducat 1706-HFH, Magdeburg mint, MS61 NGC. A lustrous and boldly struck specimen with full definition from the legends to the central hair curls on the conjoined busts. As can be seen on nearly all surviving examples, the flan undulates gently with the largest appearance being evident in the field just to the left of the obverse portraits. A small rim imperfection at 12:00 (likely as struck) is the only visual disruption that catches the eye. A popular type that was struck to commemorate the marriage between Prince (later King) Friedrich Wilhelm and Sophie Dorothea, Princess of Hannover on November 28, 1706." Other ducats for 1706 include KM 28, KM 64 and KM 72. The issue of ducats dwindled after the introduction of the friedrichs d'or to this German state in 1740.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz.
Catalog reference: Fr-2314, KM 71.
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- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.