Ragusa 1797-SB ducato
This specimen was lot 1337 in Stephen Album sale 30 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2018), where it sold for $587.50. The catalog description noted, "RAGUSA: AR ducato, 1797-SB, unusually excellent strike, with no adjustment marks and only the slightest touch of weakness at the rim, probably should have been graded higher, NGC graded EF45." This coin is an example of a type struck 1722-23 and 1797 for the Republic of Ragusa, a Christian enclave on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. At the time, it was an independent city-state surrounded and protected by the Ottoman Empire, which ruled most of the Balkans. Ragusa was occupied by French troops in 1805 and annexed by Austria in 1814. The SCWC doesn't give its exact specification but it is roughly equal to contemporary German gulden.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM-15.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 30, featuring the George Anderson Collection of Tibetan Coins, the Dr. John W. Lund Collection of Swedish Coins and the Mike Edwards Collection, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2018.