Transylvania 1620-KB ducat Fr-358

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 31080
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31080 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $8,225. The catalog description[1] noted, "An Appealing Transylvania Ducat--Gabriel Bethlen gold Ducat 1620-KB, Kremnitz mint, AU55 NGC. An appealing example with light, even circulation. There is a faint crease visible primarily from the reverse running from approximately 2:00 to 7:00. Much of the surface area exhibits light reddish toning. This issue is quite scarce and was struck in the year Gabriel was elected King of Hungary in opposition to the Habsburgs. The Habsburg response forced him out in 1621 although he would launch two more campaigns over the next few years in an attempt to unite Hungary." The princes of Transylvania were sandwiched between the Ottoman Empire to the south and the Hapsburg dominions to the west and attempted to maintain independence from both. The Hapsburgs reconquered Hungary from the Turks in the 1680's and ended Transylvanian autonomy. This type is listed for 1620-22.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 128, Fr-358.

Source:

  • 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, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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