Transylvania 1718 ducat Fr-520

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Sincona sale 38, lot 1802
This specimen was lot 1802 in Sincona sale 38 (Zurich, May 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Karl VI. 1711-1740 Dukat 1718. Siebenbürgen. Selten. Sehr schön. (Holy Roman Empire, Charles VI, 1711-40, ducat of 1718, Transylvania. Rare. Very 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 1718-19 is scarce.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW, this specimen 3.44 g.

Catalog reference: KM A574, Huszar 896. Resch 18. Fr-520.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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]Jürg Richter, Auction 38, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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