Prussia 1717-IFS ducat Fr-2340
This specimen was lot 30086 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $14,100. The catalog description noted, "Only the Second Example Sold in the Past Decade Prussia. Friedrich Wilhelm I gold Ducat 1717-IFS, MS62 NGC. Obv. Armored bust right. Rev. Crowned Star of the Order of the Black Eagle dividing the date 17-17. Extremely rare and only the second example to appear on the market in over 10 years. The other, of similar grade, sold approximately one year ago in a European auction for over $15,000. Lustrous, and well struck, with a thin obverse flan flaw." Other ducats for 1717 include KM 143, KM 142 and KM 151. The issue of ducats dwindled after the introduction of the friedrichs d'or in 1740.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz.
Catalog reference: Fr-2340, Schrotter-23, Martin-77d, KM 162.
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- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.