Silesia-Liegnitz-Brieg 1659-EW ducat Fr-3200

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Jean Elsen sale 111, lot 994
Liegnitz-Brieg 1659 ducat rev JElsen 111-994.jpg
This specimen was lot 994 in Jean Elsen sale 111 (Brussels, December 2011), where it sold for 1,450 euro (about US$2,231 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ALLEMAGNE, SILESIE-LIEGNITZ-BRIEG, Georg III, Ludwig IV et Christian (1639-1663), AV ducat, 1659, Brieg. Droit : B. des trois frères de face, en cuirasse. Revers : Ecu ovale surmonté de trois heaumes. Provient de notre vente 40, 17 juin 1995, 280. Provient de notre vente 40, 17 juin 1995, 280. presque Superbe. (Germany, Silesia-Leignitz-Brieg, George III, Louis IV and Christian (co-rulers 1639-63), gold ducat of 1659, Brieg mint. Obverse: facing armored busts of the three brothers. Reverse: oval arms, three helmets above. From our sale 40 (June 1995), lot 280. Nearly extremely fine.)"
This type is listed for 1653-62 and is fairly common for a ducat of the period. Silesia is considered a German State even tho the province was then under Austrian rule and is now in Poland.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.50 g, .986 gold, .110 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: F.& S., 1776; Kopicki, 5378; Fr-3200, KM 401.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 111, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2011.

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