Baden 1839 ducat Fr-152

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 30979
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30979 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $3,000. The catalog description[1] noted, "Baden. Leopold I gold Ducat 1839 MS64 NGC. Highly lustrous with full mint brilliance. Truly a handsome handsome coin which will be a delight for the new owner." This type was struck in small numbers 1837-42. We don't know why the .938 alloy was used instead of the traditional .986 fineness. Note the backwards "1" in the date; this is seen in the whole series. Baden survived as a separate state until the destruction of the German empire in 1918.

Recorded mintage: 2,448.

Specification: 3.66 g, .938 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-152, KM 208.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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 and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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