Thorn 1664-HDL 2 ducats Fr-59

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 24813
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24813 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $11,750. The catalog description[1] noted, "Thorn. Johann Casimir gold 2 Ducats 1664 HD-L, Uncirculated and superbly struck. Bright luster in protected areas accentuates sharply-detailed devices. The obverse fields exhibit some careful smoothing and minor die rust and a few very light marks are noted on the reverse, although the visual impact of these issues is very minor. The overall impression left by this piece is that of a well-kept cabinet specimen saved from circulation, lightly toned and very choice. The wealth of Thorn during this period, apparent from its independent coinage, owes largely to its status as a Hanseatic city dating from the late-13th century." This type is noted for 1660-68; the gold issues from this locale vary from rare to very rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 7 g, .986 fine gold, .221 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 45, Fr-59, Gum-1959, Dutkowski/Suchanek-1573 (R5).


  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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