Transylvania 1780-HS 1/2 ducat Fr-545

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 31085
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31085 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $2,820. The catalog description[1] noted, "Maria Theresia Gold 1/2 Ducat 1780 HS, MS62 NGC. Obv. Draped bust right. Rev. Crowned double-headed eagle with date and value. Lustrous with a few light marks on the obverse. A very scarce type. Ex: 'Colonel' E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman / B.G. Johnson." This tiny half ducat was struck for the redoubtable Maria Theresia 1770-80. An earlier type with a diademed bust (KM 625) was minted 1750-65 but has the same Friedburg number. Unlike the Empire, where Maria Theresia had to rule thru her husband Franz (and later her son Joseph), she was queen of Hungary outright.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.75 g, .986 fine gold, .055 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-545, KM 655.


  • 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]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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