Valencia (1504-16) 2 ducats Fr-85

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 21543
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This specimen was lot 21543 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $3,600. The catalog description[1] noted, "SPAIN. Valencia. 2 Ducados, ND. Fernando V (1504-16). NGC EF-40. Cayon-2212. Crowned bust left in circular Gothic frame; Reverse: Crowned lozenge-shaped Arms of five vertical stripes (pales), legend '+ VALENCIE x MAIO (tiny lion rampant shield) RICARVM x SERD.', titles King of Valencia, Majorca (Balearics) and Sardinia. Virtually Mint State in terms of wear, with some bold doubling in the portrait (but detail that remain otherwise sharp) and several blended marks in the fields that determine the grade. VERY RARE as an issue, this being only the second (including this piece) to appear in archived auction records dating back to 2001." Spain was not usually an issuer of ducats but this seems to be an exception.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 7 g, .986 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-85 (under Valencia); Cayón no. 2342.


  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.

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