Haldenstein 1617 7 ducats Fr-266

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Sincona sale 4, lot 5582
This specimen was lot 5582 in Sincona sale 4 (Zurich, October 2011), where it sold for 30,000 CHF (about US$39,908 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SCHWEIZ Haldenstein, Herrschaft Thomas I. von Schauenstein, 1609-1628. 7 Dukaten 1617. Hüftbild des bärtigen Freiherrn nach links mit erhobenem Zepter flankiert von der geteilten Jahreszahl. Rv. Gekrönter, nimbierter Doppeladler mit fünffeldigem Wappen mit den Farben von Lichtenstein, Grottenstein, Haldenstein und Schauenstein. Sehr selten Kleines Graffito neben der Jahreszahl in Form einer “7” für das Nominal. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (Switzerland, lordship of Haldenstein, Thomas I von Schauenstein, 1609-1628, seven ducats of 1617. Obverse: half-length bust of the bearded lord to left with scepter divides the date; reverse: crowned, nimbate double-headed eagle bearing the arms of Lichtenstein, Grottenstein, Haldenstein und Schauenstein. Very rare, a numeral "7" scratched in the obverse field, very fine to extremely fine.)"
The lordship of Haldenstein was a part of the Grisons or Graubunden and as such was not a separate canton but coinage is known until the early nineteenth century. This multiple ducat is rare and expensive.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 24.5 g, .986 fine gold, .776 troy oz AGW; this specimen is 24,41 g.

Catalog reference: KM 39, D.T.1552, HMZ 2-516a, Fr-266.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 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.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes: Auction 4, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2011.

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