2 Ducats - Franz Troger

Features

Issuer Abbey of Fischingen (Glarus)
Type Pattern
Year 1726
Value 2 Ducat (2)
Currency Ducat (1688-1728)
Composition Gold (.986)
Weight 6.87 g
Shape Round
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 187807
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References HMZ 1# 2-931a,
Jürg Richter, Ruedi Kunzmann; 2006. Der neue HMZ-Katalog / Band. 1. Die Münzen der Schweiz : Antike bis Mittelalter. Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
Fr# 233,
Arthur L. Friedberg, Ira S. Friedberg, Robert Friedberg; 2017. Gold Coins of the World : From Ancient Times to the Present (9th edition). Coin & Currency Institute, Williston, Vermont, USA.
KM# 6,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
Richt Pr2# 1-733
Jürg Richter; 2016. Die Proben und Materialvarianten von Schweizer Münzen / Band 2. Die Proben und Materialvarianten der Münzen der Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft. Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.

Commemorative issue

50th anniversary of the Abbot's first mass. 500th anniversary of the death of St. Idda from Toggenburg.

Obverse

The coat of arms of the abbot in a simple cartouche on an oval shield standing on a pedestal with the date. Mitre on bishop's stole above the shield. Crosier behind.

Lettering:
FRANCISCUS ABBAS FISCH · JUBILÆUS
1726

Engraver: Hans Jakob Gessner

Born in 1677 in Zürich, Hans Jakob Gessner was the Zürich mint master from 1701 until 1728. He was one of the best known medallists from Zürich after Hans Jakob Stampfer (1505-1579). Hans Jakob Gessner died in Zürich in 1737.

Reverse

Nimbate Saint Idda, Countess of Toggenburg, standing and facing. To her right, a stag with six-ended antlers with flames on ends.

Lettering: S. IDDA COMIT. TOGG.

Engraver: Hans Jakob Gessner

Born in 1677 in Zürich, Hans Jakob Gessner was the Zürich mint master from 1701 until 1728. He was one of the best known medallists from Zürich after Hans Jakob Stampfer (1505-1579). Hans Jakob Gessner died in Zürich in 1737.

Mint

Zürich, Switzerland

Comments

Minted by Abbott Franz Troger, 1688-1728 in Zürich.

Heng. 172.1; Schwarz-Lösel M50; DT 968a; CHF 233

On the Golden Jubilee of the Abbot and the alleged 500th anniversary of the death of St. Idda of Toggenburg.

The Benedictine Monastery of Fischingen was founded in 1138 by Bishop Ulrich II of Constance as episcopal monastery. The monastery offered shelter to pilgrims on their way from Constance to Einsiedeln.
Celebrated on 3rd November, Saint Idda was the daughter of the count of Kirchberg near Ulm and married to a count of Toggenburg. Legend has it that a raven stole Idda's wedding ring. The ring was found by a hunter in a bird's nest. When her husband noticed the ring on the hunter's hand, he accused Idda of infidelity. He had the hunter killed and rushed Idda out of the window of his castle. Because of her innocence she was miraculously saved by God. Later discovered in her hermitage, the error cleared up, but Idda wanted to dedicate her life as a recluse to God. Her penitent husband later had her locked in the monastery Fischingen, where she died in the call of holiness.

Examples of this type:

Example #1:

© Image courtesy of Hess Divo
◦ Ex-Virgil Brand Collection;
◦ Auctioned by Hess-Divo AG, Auction 333, 30 November 2017, Lot 314. Sold for 34,000 CHF.
◦ Auctioned by Auction Leu 47, Zurich 1988, lot 3129.
◦ Auctioned by Otto Helbing, Munich, February 7, 1920, lot n ° 1817.

Example #2 (6.87g):

© Image courtesy of Leu Numismatik AG
◦ Auctioned by Leu Numismatik AG, Auction 80, 8 May 2001, Lot 322. Estimated at 20,000 CHF.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
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