Saxony 1630 2 ducats Fr-2701

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 31096
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31096 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $10,575. The catalog description[1] noted, "Saxony. Johann Georg I gold 2 Ducat 1630 MS66 NGC. Struck on the Centennial of the Augsburg Confession, this premium specimen features the right facing, sword holding busts of Johann Georg I and Johann dated 1630 and 1530 respectively. An unbelievably flawless specimen considering the intricate design elements and age of this piece. The boldly-struck devices are impeccable, the flan is straight, and the surfaces are complete with outstanding mint luster. At present, this is the finest-known certified example of this type with the second highest graded MS64 by NGC. Incredibly rare and in an impossibly high-grade designation." The SCWC mentions a silver thaler (Dav-7606), two thalers (Dav-7604), three thalers (Dav-7603), a gold ducat (Fr-2702), two ducats (Fr-2701, shown here) and twelve ducats (Fr-2692). We may safely say that the duke regarded the centennial of the Augsburg Confession as an important occasion.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 7 g, .986 fine gold, .221 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 421, Fr-2701.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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