Regensburg (1742-45) ducat Fr-2515

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3800
This specimen was lot 3800 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €9,500 (about US$12,272 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"STADT Dukat o. J. (1742), mit Titel Karls VII. Münzmeister Johann Christoph Busch. Stempelschneider Christoph Daniel Oexlein. Stadtansicht von Regensburg, oben strahlendes Dreieck, unten r. die Signatur B (Johann Christoph Busch, Münzmeister in Regensburg 1741-1766), im Abschnitt das Stadtwappen in Kartusche zwischen Lorbeer- und Palmzweig//Geharnischtes Brustbild des Kaisers r. mit Lorbeerkranz, unter der Schulter die Signatur OE (Christoph Daniel Oexlein, Stempelschneider in Regensburg 1714-1779). Slg. Bach (Auktion Künker 238) 4775. GOLD. RR Prachtexemplar. Fast Stempelglanz. (Germany, city of Regensburg, undated ducat struck in the name of Charles VII. Obverse: Cityscape of Regensburg, above radiant triangle, below the signature B (Johann Christoph Busch, mint master in Regensburg from 1741 to 1766), and the city arms; reverse: Armored. laureate bust of emperor r. with the engraver's signature on the shoulder. Rare, proof example, choice uncirculated.)

Die Stadt Regensburg stellte sich mit dieser Huldigungsprägung im Österreichischen Erbfolgekrieg auf die Seite Karls VII. Es gelang dem Wittelsbacher zwar, nach der Kaiserkrönung in Frankfurt am 12. Februar 1742 seine von den Habsburgern eroberten Stammlande zurückzugewinnen, er starb jedoch plötzlich am 20. Januar 1745, ohne die Kaiserwürde dauerhaft für sein Haus gesichert zu haben. Im Frieden von Füssen vom 22. April 1745 verzichtete sein Sohn Maximilian III. Joseph auf das habsburgische Erbe. (The city of Regensburg presented Charles VII with this homage struck during the Austrian War of Succession. The Wittelsbach duke received the imperial crown in Frankfurt on 12 February 1742, but he died suddenly on January 20, 1745 without having secured the imperial dignity for his house. In the Peace of Fussen, April 22, 1745, his son Maximilian III renounced the throne in favor of Joseph, the Hapsburg heir.)"

Double ducats (Fr-2517) and ten ducats (Fr-2510) also exist. The campaign of Karl VII of Bavaria represented the last serious attempt to take the increasingly worthless imperial crown away from the Hapsburgs. Two generations later, in 1806, Napoleon would abolish the Holy Roman Empire and nobody would lift a sword in its defense. Regensburg, completely surrounded by Bavarian territory, had little choice but to strike coinage in the pretender's name.

Recorded mintage: 714.

Specification: 3.49 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3,47 g.

Catalog reference: KM 304, Beckenb. 446; Fr-2515.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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