Regensburg 1664 4 ducats

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This specimen was lot 714 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMAN STATES. REGENSBURG. Freie Reichsstadt. 4 Ducats, 1664 HF. Ornate oval City Arms, legend MONETA REIPVBLICAE RATISBONENSIS, tiny date placed flanking the crossed keys on the heart-shaped shield. Rv. Crown, orb above nimbate Imperial eagle holding sword and scepter, legend LEOPOLDVS. D.G. ROM. IMP. SEM. AVG. This broad Gold coin combines majestic design with major rarity. One of very small existing population existing today and certainly one of the finest. About Uncirculated." The SCWC notes that this was the only issue of four ducat pieces by the city, which also issued one, two, three, five, six, eight and ten ducat coins.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 14 g, .989 fine gold, .443 troy oz AGW, this specimen 34.6 mm diameter, 13.83 grams.

Catalog reference: Fr-2479, KM 173.

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]Kraljevich, John, and Frank Van Valen, The Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico Collections, New York: Stack's, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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