Augsburg 1562 goldgulden Fr-46

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the Stack's Bowers 2020 NYINC sale, lot 20341
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This specimen was lot 20341 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $15,600. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. Augsburg. Goldgulden, 1562. Maximilian II. NGC EF Details--Surface Hairlines. cf. Fr-46 (overall bust and crown type). Obverse: MAXIMILIANVS II ROMANORVM REX, crowned and armored bust right; Reverse: AVGVSTA VINDELICORVM, civic coat-of-arms. A rather SCARCE two year type, this charming example exhibits a slightly different bust type and crown than is usually encountered. Still fairly sharp and with only light wear on the high points, this piece is not held back by its surface hairlines from an old cleaning. A solid representation for the type. Ex: Stack's (1/2008) Lot # 2582." Friedberg lists this rare type for 1562 and 1566. The coin plated therein is from 1566; it probably varied quite a bit from the 1562 issue. Coinage from this imperial city is very scanty prior to the Thirty Years War.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.25 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-46.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The January 2020 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.

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