Hamburg 1808 2 ducats Fr-1139

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3706
This specimen was lot 3706 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €2,200 (about US$2,842 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"STADT 2 Dukaten 1808. GOLD. R Nur 1.250 Exemplare geprägt. Sehr attraktives Exemplar, vorzüglich. (Germany, city of Hamburg, double ducat of 1808. Scarce, only 1,250 struck, very attractive extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1808-10 during the Napoleonic domination and is the last double ducat from this locale. Hamburg did not give up minting ducats until 1872 amid the coinage reform resulting from unification.

Recorded mintage: 1,250.

Specification: 6.98 g, .979 fine gold, this specimen 6.95 g.

Catalog reference: Divo/S. 75; Fr-1139; Schl. 278, KM 534 (formerly KM 240).


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  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • 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]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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