Trautson 1636 ducat Fr-897
This specimen was lot 40020 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), where it sold for $5,520. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRIA. Trautson. Ducat, 1636. Johann Franz von Trautson-Falkenstein (1621-63). PCGS AU-58 Gold Shield. Three year type. Obverse: Small, richly attired bust right as Free Baron and ruling Count of Trautson; Reverse: Unusually rustic crowned quartered Arms displaying the imperial eagle, falcon, cock and ram, escutcheon of pretense bears a horseshoe. Conservatively graded, possessing a sharp strike with virtually no doubling, bright luster in the yellow gold fields and most importantly, essentially no softening of the design highpoints due to circulation. VERY RARE as a type and possibly without duplication for the date, with no other examples appearing in a search of archived auctions." This rare type is noted for 1634, 1636 and 1638. The count's father was given the mint right as a reward for his service to the emperor as governor of Tyrol. All issues from this locality are rare and expensive.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3.48 grams.
Catalog reference: Fr-897; KM-30.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, Matt Orsini and Cris Chatigny, The January 2019 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.