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    Unique Medallic 27 Ducat of Ernst Ludwig - Roth's Magnum Opus

    Hesse-Darmstadt. Ernst Ludwig gold Medallic 27 Ducat 1701-R MS62+ NGC, KM-Unl., Fr-Unl., Wilmersdörffer-Unl., Antoine-Feill Collection-Unl., Reimmann-Unl., Hoffmeister-Unl., Schütz-2831 (this piece cited). 57mm. 96.54gm. By Johann C. Roth. An exquisite offering that immediately draws in the viewer, this massive 27 Ducat of Ernst Ludwig I is, by all indications, unique. Appearing more like a special commemorative medal than a coin produced either for presentation or circulation, we have been unable to find records of such a piece coming to auction since the sale of this coin in 1973. The coinage of Ernst Ludwig, from the 1/4 Taler to the larger denominations, are generally considered quite challenging. Most of the entries in the Standard Catalog of World Coins, for instance, are simply marked as either, "Rare," or without price. The Hoffmeister and Wilmersdörffer collections contained a silver striking from this year, described as being of a similar design, though the obverse legend contained the Landgrave's ordinal, and both were of smaller size (Wilmersdörffer-6723: 55mm, Hoffmeister-3523: 35mm). Forrer, under his record for Roth, does not mention this medallic issue at all. Regardless, the lightly frosted features are beautifully situated against shimmering, glass-like fields, establishing this issue as a masterpiece of Roth's talent, and a likely contender for his magnum opus. We note that while NGC describes this piece as a 25 Ducat, it is actually of 27 Ducat-weight.

    Ex. Leu Numismatik Auction 80 (May 2001, Lot 413); Frankfurter Münzhandlung E. Button Auction 120 (January 1973, Lot 172) [cover lot]

    From the Paramount Collection




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