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Country Of The Day: Austria, 1612 Markus Sittikus Graf Von Hohenems Gold 14 Ducats NGC AU58

 
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 Posted 01/15/2021  12:10 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CCFPress to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Salzburg. Markus Sittikus Graf von Hohenems gold 14 Ducats 1612, KM-unlisted, Fr-700 (listed only as Rare), Probszt-unlisted, AU58 NGC. Obv. Leftward facing bust in clerical garment. Rev. Oval arms below legate's hat with St. Rupert and St. Vergilius facing at sides. A massive multi-ducat issue that, despite the certain complications of production, was made to a master's specifications. While being bold, the engraving maintains delicacy, and the strike rises to virtual completeness. Diagonal reeding adds a nice touch to the overall feel. The surfaces show even handling in the form of minor ticks throughout, and point to this piece, albeit for a short period, filling a commercial role. One hint to this fact lies in the tiny etching of "XIIII" just before the reverse legends, a certain quick-identifier of this, even at the time, very rare denomination.



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Obviously has never seen circulation, face value way too much to be practical. The weight is tied to the Ducat of 3.5 grams, which was the standard gold coin for large commercial payments.

Would have only been intended to be a medallic presentation piece, most probably to visiting dignitaries.

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