1 Ducat - Maximilian II Goldkronach-Dukat

Features

Issuer Kingdom of Bavaria (German states)
King Maximilian II (1848-1864)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1855
Value 1 Dukat (3.5)
Currency Gulden (1837-1856)
Composition Gold (.937)
Weight 3.49 g
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 264946
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 849,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.
Fr# 279,
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, United States.
Divo/S# 36
Jean-Paul Divo, Hans-Joachim Schramm; 1994. Die deutschen Goldmünzen 1800-1930 (3rd edition). Spink Taisei, Zürich, Switzerland.

Commemorative issue

Mining Ducat

Obverse

Head to the right

Script: Latin

Lettering:
MAXIMILLAN II KŒNIG V. BAYERN
c.v.

Engraver: Carl Friedrich Voigt

Reverse

Crowned shield with supporters

Script: Latin

Lettering:
EIN DUCATEN
1855
AUS DEM BERGBAU BEI GOLDKRONACH

Edge

Reeded

Comments

The mines of Goldkronach, located near Bayreuth, which were extremely productive in the 14th and 15th centuries, produced only small mines in the 19th century. Therefore, the two ducats from 1803 (Schlumberger 554.2) and from 1855 from the Goldkronach mine are the rarest and most sought-after gold coins of the 19th century. The Goldkronach mining ducat of 1855, which, however, was minted only after 1855, was also among the most expensive coins in the auction of the collection of mining coins of the mining councilor Dr. Karl Vogelsang (Auktion Riechmann 35, Halle 1925, No. 51), where the piece fetched the enormous price of 1800 Reichsmark. On the question of whether the coin metal for the few strikes from the pair of dies of this ducat originated from the Goldkronach mine at all, see C. F. Gebert, Beiträge zur fränkischen Münzkunde - Goldkronach und seine Ausbeutemünzen, in: Mitteilungen der Bayerischen Numismatischen Gesellschaft 25, Jahrgang 1906/1907, pp. 24-27, where the project of such a mintage is mentioned for the first time. A heavy specimen (4.49 g) can be found in H. Buchenau, Probeprägungen für den bayerischen Goldkronacher Ausbeutedukat 1855, in: Blätter für Münzfreunde 49, Jahrgang 1914, Nr. 2, Sp. 5502. There it is described that this mintage first appeared in trade in 1913. The few known specimens were therefore probably minted between the years 1906 and 1913.


uniface strikes - Sincona Auction 33 Lot 2141

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
1855 
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