Liege 1670 ducat Fr-326

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UBS sale 85, lot 140
Liege and the Austrian Netherlands in 1786, from Shepherd's atlas of 1923
This gold ducat was minted in Liege in 1670. This specimen was lot 140 in UBS sale 85 (Zurich, September 2010), where it sold for 6,200 CHF (about US$7,073 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BELGIEN, Lüttich, Bistum, Maximilian Heinrich von Bayern, 1650-1688. Dukat 1670. Brustbild im Talar nach rechts, darunter die Jahreszahl. Rv. Wappen auf gekrönter Wappenkartusche. Sehr selten. Gew. Sehr schön-gutes sehr schön." (Belgium,. bishop of Liege, Maximilian Henry of Bavaria, 1650-88, ducat of 1670. Bust in collar facing right, date below; reverse: crowned arms. Very rare, Very Fine to good Very Fine)

The Archbishopric of Liege was an ecclesiastical state in central Belgium and usually ruled by a Hapsburg client. The surrounding territory was ruled by the Spanish Hapsburgs from about 1500 until 1699 and the Austrian Hapsburgs 1714-97. The type is listed in the SCWC for 1663-74 with most dates listed as "Rare."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.50 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW, this specimen 3,44 g.

Catalog reference: Mignolet -, vgl. 634, Fr-326, KM 81.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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]UBS Auction 85: Gold and Silver Coins, Zurich: UBS AG, 2010.

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