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Auction: 23006 - The Official COINEX Auction at Spink
Lot: 546

The Augusta Collection of European Gold Coins | Germany, Nuremberg OR Switzerland, Zurich, Medallic 'Taufe' ½-Ducat, Baptism of Christ in Jordan, Holy Spirit in rays above, rev. LASED | DIE KIND - LIN ZV MIR | KOMEN DAN | IRE IST DAS | RYCH GOT - ES MAX in seven lines, 17.6mm., 1.52g, 12h (cf. Kunker 165, 8 March 2010, lot 2905 - 'Uncertain'; cf. Sincona 9, 22 October 2012, lot 3824 - 'Germany, Nuremberg'; Joanne Jacobo D'Annone [1806], no. 150 - 'Switzerland, Zurich'; Haller -; Dr. Antoine-Feill -; Goppel -; Wellenheim -), crimped and slightly doubled, otherwise residually lustrous, very fine and very rare, only two others traced at global public auction


From the Augusta Collection of European Gold Coins

Presumably struck in the 18th Century, it is not immediately clear under whose authority. However a 1622 Half-Thaler for Zurich bears a similar reverse legend and evidently prompted D'Annone to associate this issue with Switzerland in his 1806 thesis.

The inscription comes from Mark X: "LASSET DIE KINDLIN ZV MIR KOMEN, VND WERET INEN NICHT, DEN SOLCHER IST DAS REICH GOTTES" - "Let the Children come to me... for such is the Kingdom of God".

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