Bern 1796 8 ducats Fr-174

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Heritage sale 3081, lot 32329
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 32329 in Heritage sale 3081 (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $63,000. The catalog description[1] noted, "Switzerland: Immense Multiple Ducat Offering. Bern. Canton gold 8 Ducat 1796 MS62+ NGC. An extremely rare and extremely desirable multiple Ducat; the only example of this two-year type graded by PCGS or NGC, and surely one of the finest available to commerce. At first glance, one would be excused for believing this piece to be a Proof. Its fields evince significant reflectivity, sun-yellow and notably sleek with only scattered hairlines; this mirror effect backlights the well struck-up devices, the iconic Bern bear and its surrounding shield ever-so-slightly frosted. Careful examination with a loupe reveals a uniform crispness to the details, this piece clearly produced to a standard befitting its high denomination. Visually outstanding and a significant Swiss rarity." This type was struck 1796 and 1798 and is expensive. There is also 2 ducats (Fr-179), 4 ducats (KM 155.1) and 6 ducats (KM 156).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 28 g, 0.986 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 157, Fr-174, HMZ-2-204.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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 Münzen der Schweiz und Liechtensteins 15//16. Jahrhundert bis Gegenwart, Regenstauf, Germany: H. Gietl Verlag GmbH, 2006.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Sam Spiegel, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3081, featuring the Caranett Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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