Bern 1797 duplone Fr-187

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 30799
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30799 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $3,290. The catalog description[1] noted, "Bern. Canton gold Duplone 1797 MS65 NGC, Lustrous and gem in all respects, this specimen features the representative climbing bear and standing Swiss knight. A marvelous coin with instant appeal and a wonderful pedigree, rare as such. Ex. Eliasberg Collection." This rare type was struck 1797 while Switzerland was a satellite of the French republic. Half (Fr-188) and double duplones also exist (Fr-186). This type was reissued in 1819 and 1829. A duplone was worth about two ducats.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 7.64 g, .900 fine gold, .221 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 163, Fr-187.


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  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.
  • 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.

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