Bern 1697 ducat Fr-139

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Heritage sale 410, lot 14965
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 14965 in Heritage sale 410 (Long Beach, May 2006), where it sold for $2,990. The catalog description[1] noted, "Bern. Gold Ducat 1697, lustrous AU. A scarce and very attractive early issue." The climbing bear is the badge of Bern, Switzerland. This type, like all Bernese gold coins of the seventeenth century, is rare and expensive.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 62, Fr-139.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 410: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2006.

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