Saxony 1630 12 ducats Fr-2692

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This specimen was lot 720 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $34,500. The catalog description[1] noted,
"GERMAN STATES. SAXONY. Ernestine Line. Johann Georg I, 1611-1656. 12 Ducats, 1630. Augsburg Confession Centennial. Half-length ermine-robed reigning Elector Johann Georg with naked sword, large Saxon shield at his shoulder, surrounded by Centennial legend, anniversary date 25 June 1630. Rv. Robed bust of predecessor Johann, Saxony's Duke-Elector when the Confession was first promulgated in 1530. Four shields divide the Latin legend, the Name of the Lord is a Mighty Tower. This massive coin was struck with dies cut for the Silver Taler and would certainly have represented an impressive value at the time of issue. Commemoratives in a variety of metals celebrated this anniversary of the basic statement of faith, prepared by Philipp Melancthon and presented to Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Augsburg, but the present massive Gold coin must be regarded as the apex of the all coins hailing this historic event. Extremely Fine."
The SCWC does not list this coin tho it mentions a silver thaler (Dav-7606), two thalers (Dav-7604), three thalers (Dav-7603), a gold ducat (Fr-2702) and two ducats (Fr-2701). We may safely say that the Elector regarded the centennial of the Augsburg Confession as an important occasion.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: this specimen 46 x 45.3 mm, 41.33 grams.

Catalog reference: Fr-2692.


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  • [1]Kraljevich, John, and Frank Van Valen, The Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico Collections, New York: Stack's, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.

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