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    A Fully Choice Rarity from this Elusive Barony

    Rosenberg. Wilhelm (1581-1592) gold Medallic 4 Ducat ND (1585) MS63 NGC, Reichenstein mint, Fr-107a, Saurma-Jeltsch-16, Plate XXXVI, 9, F&S-2492, Donebauer-3703 (RR). 13.98gm. A stunning issue, struck to an admirable precision of detail that leaves both the central devices and the bordering rims dramatically raised. Suggested by Donebauer to have been produced for Wilhelm of Rosenberg's admission into the Order of the Golden Fleece--a motif which is featured on both the obverse bust, as well as on the reverse as a border to the rider on horseback. In hand, it is nearly impossible not to be entranced by this specimen. To our knowledge, there has only been one other example to emerge at auction in recent years-a worn piece with graffiti, certified XF40 by ICG, that was sold by Stack's as lot 2424 in their January 2008 sale of the Kroisos Collection. The present offering shows only minor die imperfections behind the bust (not to be mistaken for scratches), and as such, we can only suppose that this representative is likely among the finest, if not the finest known, and is certain to become the centerpiece in any serious collection of Bohemian coinage.

    One of the most powerful and respected families of the Bohemian gentry, the von Rosenbergs were also the first private individuals in Bohemia to be granted the right to mint, in 1422. Though exercised only sporadically, Wilhelm obtained the right for himself after acquiring the Reichenstein lordship from M├╝nsterberg in 1581. Under his successor, Reichstein was sold to the dukes of Liegnitz-Brieg.

    Ex. Gorny & Mosch Auction 120 (October 2002, Lot 6033)

    From the Paramount Collection




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