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Auction: 23006 - The Official COINEX Auction at Spink
Lot: 550

The Augusta Collection of European Gold Coins | Germany, Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm II (1786-1797), Gold Ducat, 1787 A, Berlin, dies engraved by Johann Nikolaus Körnlein for Georg Christoph Busch [Mintmaster], FRID • GVILIELMVS BORVSS • REX, crowned shield of arms with Eagle brandishing sceptre, rev. I DVCAT 1787 A in four lines within crowned lozenge, crowns at points joined by laurel wreath, edge obliquely milled, 3.47g, 11h (Jaeger 182; Olding 62; KM 352; Fb. 2419), crimped but residually lustrous, a bolder very fine


From the Augusta Collection of European Gold Coins

The official gold coins of Prussia were "pistoles" (or Friedrichs d'Or) of 5 Talers. However, in many parts of Europe, the Ducat was the common gold coin of trade, and thus to encourage commerce, Prussia began minting Ducats too.

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