Regensburg (1785) 20 ducats Fr-2555

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Sincona sale 11, lot 971
This specimen was lot 971 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 32,000 CHF (about US$39,618 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND Regensburg, Stadt 20 Dukaten o. J. (1785). Titel Josef II. REDDE - DIEM. Stadtansicht, darüber strahlendes Auge Gottes, im Abschnitt Stadtname in Kartusche. Rv. IOSEPHVS II. D. G. - ROM. IMP. SEMP. AVG. Gekrönter, nimbierter Doppeladler mit gekröntem Wappen auf der Brust. Äusserst selten. Gelocht und Doppelschlag. Fast vorzüglich-vorzüglich. (City of Regensburg, twenty ducats without date (1785), in the name of Joseph II. Obverse: city view under the eye of God; reverse: crowned, nimbate double-headed eagle with crowned arms on its breast. Extremely fine, pierced, extremely fine.)"
Regensburg issued commemorative ducats and multiples (two, three, four five, six, eight, ten, twelve, sixteen and twenty ducats) in the eighteenth century. All are rare. It is likely that the piercing on this specimen saved it from the melting pot.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 70 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 68.05 g.

Catalog reference: Beckenbauer 219. Friedberg 2555, KM 404.

Source:

  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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