Wurttemberg 1732 1/2 carolin Fr-3585

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 29804
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 29804 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $646.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Wurttemberg. Eberhard Ludwig gold 1/2 Carolin 1732 VF25 NGC. From a fleeting three-year series, this selection features the bust of Eberhard Ludwig with crowned coat of arms in an order collar. Antique patina pleases on this selection, with wear that equally affects the bust and highest points, while handling in the way of faint wisps extends across the surfaces. A rarely-offered type, still very desirable in this heavily circulated quality." This rare type is one of a series struck in Wurttemberg 1731-33 along with one and quarter carolins d'or. The origin of this denomination is obscure as it fits neither the ducat (3.50 g) nor the louis d'or (8.18 g), but it was minted in several south German principalities.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 4.85 g, .770 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 321, Fr-3585.


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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