Transylvania 1713 ducat Fr-520

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Jean Elsen sale 111, lot 1032
Transylvania 1713 ducat rev JElsen 111-1032.jpg
This specimen was lot 1032 in Jean Elsen sale 111 (Brussels, December 2011), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"SAINT EMPIRE, TRANSYLVANIE (SIEBENBÜRGEN), Charles VI (1711-1740), AV ducat, 1713, Droit : B. l., drapé et cuirassé à droite, coiffé d'une grande perruque. Revers : Aigle impériale couronnée, avec l'écu de Transylvanie sur la poitrine. Très Rare. Petite griffe et fines brisures de coin au droit. Superbe. (Holy Roman Empire, Transylvania, Charles VI (1711-40), gold ducat of 1713. Obverse: draped and armored bust to right, wearing a large wig. Reverse: crowned imperial eagle, with the arms of Transylvania on its breast. Very rare, tiny scratches on the obverse, extremely fine)"
While the ducats of the seventeenth century were issued by the local princes and vary widely in design, by the reign of Charles VI (father of Maria Theresia), Transylvania was firmly under Hapsburg control. Friedburg lumps all the ducats of this reign under one catalog number while the SCWC divides them into five types to account for their considerable variation. The design is very similar to the regular ducats of Austria but the reverse legend states, "PRINC.TRANSYL." in addition to the emperor's other titles. This type of 1713-16 is only slightly less rare than the preceding type of Joseph I.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.50 g, .986 gold, .110 troy oz AGW, this specimen 3,48 g.

Catalog reference: Resch, 7; Her., 198 var; Fr-520, KM 556.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010.
  • 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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