Saxony 1630 10 ducats Fr-2693

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Heritage sale 3081, lot 32185
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 32185 in Heritage sale 3081 (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $36,000. The catalog description[1] noted, "German States: Saxony. Johann Georg I gold 10 Ducat 1630 AU55 NGC, Dresden mint. A very rare multiple Ducat, struck to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession. Almost never encountered at auction in any grade, this enticing Almost Uncirculated example exhibits uniform striking detail and vibrant sun-yellow color; some minor contact marks are noted in line with the certification, but to no visual detriment. Sure to generate considerable excitement amongst collectors of large-denomination gold." The SCWC also mentions a silver thaler (Dav-7606), two thalers (Dav-7604), three thalers (Dav-7603), a gold ducat (Fr-2702) and double ducat (Fr-2701). We may safely say that the Elector regarded the centennial of the Augsburg Confession as an important occasion.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 35 g, 0.986 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 423, Fr-2693, cf. Merseburger-1058 (2 Ducat).


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Sam Spiegel, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3081, featuring the Caranett Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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