Breslau 1623 ducat Fr-124

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Goldberg sale 41, lot 3979
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 3979 in Goldberg sale 41 (Beverly Hills, May 2007), where it sold for $13,950. The catalog description[1] noted, "Austria. Ducat, 1623. Breslau mint. In the name of Ferdinand II, 1619-1637. Laureate head of ruler right. Leg: FERDIN.D:G.R.I.S.A.G.H.BO.REX.D:S. Reverse: Silesian eagle. Leg: *MONETA.AUREA.SILISEAE. 1623. Sharply struck with much original mint luster. Very Rare. NGC graded MS-63 Prooflike. Ferdinand ruled at one of the most difficult times in the Empire's history. His election in 1619 was immediately followed by the defection of Bohemia and the beginning of the 30 Years War. Even though Bohemia was soon defeated, the war would devastate central Europe for the next century. Attempting to streamline his Empire, Ferdinand established primogeniture in his territories." This one year type is now listed in the SCWC under German States--Silesia.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.47 grams, 22.16 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Fr-124; KM-47 (now KM 66).


  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 41: the Pre-Long Beach Sale, Beverly Hills: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2007.
  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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