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Auction: 23006 - The Official COINEX Auction at Spink
Lot: 539

The Augusta Collection of European Gold Coins | NGC AU58 | Germany, Neuberg (Pfalz), Electorate-Palatinate of the Rhine, Karl Theodor (1743-1777-1799), 'Rheingold' Ducat, 1764 S, Mannheim, dies by Anton Schäffer, CAR • THEODOR • D • G • C • P • R • S • R • I • A • T • & • EL • bust right, with ties, •S• below truncation, rev. SIC FULGENT LITTORA RHENI - "THUS GLOW THE SHORES OF THE RHINE", Gold panners in foreground before vista of Mannheim, AD NORM CONV 1764 in two lines in exergue, security edge, 3.48g, 2h (Noss 369; Memmersheimer 2488 var.; Haas 63; Fb. 2037), light honey-golden tone overlying quite brilliant fields, almost extremely fine, a handsome example of this sought-after issue, in NGC holder, graded AU58 (Cert. #6768684-011)


From the Augusta Collection of European Gold Coins

Charles Theodore liked to style himself as a prince of peace, in contrast to other princes like his chief political opponent, the great warrior Frederick the Great of Prussia. Allegorically, Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and protectress of the arts, is often depicted as a stand-in for the elector himself. This self-view is best summed up in the inscription of a small monument at Schwetzingen:

"A field of war and death of Romans and Germans has been discovered, through the unearthing of weapons, urns and bones, in the year 1765. – To the arts of peace, which are the sole joys of his life, the elector Charles Theodore has dedicated this spot, excavated to the height of seven feet, and had this monument erected in 1768."

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