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    Possibly Unique in Gold

    Augsburg. Free City gold "Victory at Höchstädt" Medal of 10 Ducats 1704-Dated MS63★ NGC, Van Loon-IV-427.3, Eimer-408, MI-II-258/53 var. (silver), Forster-722 (metal not stated, though likely silver), Montenuovo-1171 (same), Julius-659 (in silver). 37mm. 34.77gm. By P.H. Müller. Edge: "GLORIA AD TIBISCVM HVNGARIAE PARTA, RENOVATVR AD DANVBIVM GERMANIAE." Armored bust right of Prince Eugene Francis of Savoy-Carignano with chain of the Order of the Golden Fleece, "EVGENIVS FRANC • DVX SAB • CAES • EXER • GENER • COMM •" surrounding / Angel with flaming sword flies above a battlefield littered with bodies, "GENII VIRTVTE BONI • II • REG • 19 •" surrounding, "GALLIS BAVARISQ • CAESIS TALLARDO CUM X • MILI AD HOCHSTAD CAPT • 1704" in exergue.

    A dramatic type commemorating the Allied victory at the Battle of Blenheim (1704), struck in high relief and from heavily polished dies, with the fields fully Prooflike in appearance. Interestingly, Eimer attributes the type to G. Hautsch rather than Müller, and additionally notes that it was struck from more than one pair of dies. The present example has been struck from a pair of dies in a near-terminal state, with a few deep die cracks appearing around the peripheral areas of the reverse. The same cracks appear on all other examples of the medal we have found (all in silver), although in varying degrees of intensity. Believed to be unique in the present gold composition, and the only example we can locate as such.

    From the Paramount Collection

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