Hamburg 1807 ducat Fr-1137

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Jean Elsen sale 111, lot 957
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Heritage sale 3021, lot 20648
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The first specimen was lot 957 in Jean Elsen sale 111 (Brussels, December 2011), where it sold for 1,400 euro (about US$2,154 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ALLEMAGNE, HAMBOURG, sous occupation française, AV ducat, 1807, Droit: Hammonia debout à droite, tenant un gouvernail, appuyée à une colonne. Revers: Valeur dans un cartouche orné aux armes de la ville. Superbe. (Germany, Hamburg, under French occupation, gold ducat of 1807. Obverse: Hammonia [the personification of Hamburg] stands to right, supported by a column; reverse: value in cartouche, city arms above. Extremely fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 20648 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $1,762.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "Free City. Gold Ducat 1807, MS62 NGC, fully lustrous with very light handling in the fields, scarce one-year type with a mintage of 6,000." This type was struck 1807 only during the Napoleonic domination and is catalogued at about double the ducats minted in the 1850's. Hamburg did not give up minting ducats until 1872 amid the coinage reform resulting from unification.

Recorded mintage: 6,000.

Specification: 3.49 g, .979 gold, .110 troy oz AGW, this specimen 3,47 g.

Catalog reference: Gaed., 207; J., 86; A.K.S., 5; Fr-1137, KM 528 (formerly KM 237).


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 111, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2011.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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