Luneburg (1613-37) ducat Fr-1527

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Goldberg sale 41, lot 4026
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4026 in Goldberg sale 41 (Beverly Hills, May 2007), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Lüneburg. Goldgulden, ND (1650). No ruler name. Obv: St. John standing, holding lamb, rampant lion in shield at feet. Leg: :MONETA: -- LVNEBEVR: Reverse: Crescent moon with profile face right within beaded circle. Leg: *VISITAVIT:ROS:ORIEN:EX:ALTO: NGC graded AU-55. Luneburg, translated, means city of the moon. Hence, the crescent moon design. Few of this type were minted, and even less survived. A great opportunity." This undated type is now listed in the SCWC under German States--City of Luneburg but we have filed it under Brunswick-Luneburg, the surrounding duchy. Tho catalogued as a goldgulden, it is the same size and weight as a ducat and we have categorized it as such.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.42 grams, 22.67 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Fr-1527; KM-39.


  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 41: the Pre-Long Beach Sale, Beverly Hills: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2007.
  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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