Basel (1452-78) goldgulden Fr-9

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Goldberg sale 84, lot 3827
Basel G84-3827r.jpg
Sincona sale 35, lot 5019
The first specimen was lot 3827 in Goldberg sale 84 (Los Angeles, January 2015), where it sold for $705. The catalog description[1] noted, "Switzerland: Basel. 1 Goldgulden, ND (1452-1478). Madonna standing. Reverse: Orb. Struck with the name of Frederick III as Emperor. Scarce. PCGS graded VF-30." The second specimen was lot 5019 in Sincona sale 35 (Zurich, October 2016), where it sold for 650 CHF (about US$772 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Basel | Reichsmünzstätte, Goldgulden o. J. Friedrich III. als Kaiser. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. Überdurchschnittliche, attraktive Erhaltung. (canton of Basel, imperial mint, undated goldgulden in the name of Frederick III as emperor. Very fine-extremely fine, Better than average and attractive condition.)"
Altho the Swiss cantons had won de facto independence from the Empire by the late fifteenth century, the fact was not officially recognized until 1648, when the confederation left the empire by the treaties of Westphalia which ended the Thirty Years War.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, the second specimen 3.36 g.

Catalog reference: Winterstein 128ff, HMZ 2-49h, Fr-9.


  • 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.
  • Richter, Juerg, and Ruedi Kunzmann, Neuer HMZ-Katalog, Band 2: Die Münzen der Schweiz und Liechtensteins 15//16. Jahrhundert bis Gegenwart, Regenstauf, Germany: H. Gietl Verlag GmbH, 2006.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 84: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.
  • [2]Jürg Richter, Schweizer Münzen und Medaillen vom Mittelalter bis in die Neuzeit, Auktion 35, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2016.

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