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    Utterly Stunning 10 Ducat Struck on the Death of Christian II

    Saxony. Christian II gold Medallic "Death" 10 Ducat 1611 MS65★ NGC, KM-Unl., Fr-2648 (Very Rare; this coin), Merseburger-Unl., Dassdorf-Unl., Wilmersdörffer-Unl., Vogel Collection-6741, Schnee-779, cf. Baumgarten-153 (Very Rare; recorded as 7-5/8 Ducat-weight). 34.22gm. Struck from Taler dies (cf. Schnee-779). An exacting type that more than earns its Gem Mint State "star" designation. Truly medallic in nature, the high-relief designs are beautifully set against watery harvest-gold surfaces. The offering features one of the most contested obverse designs of the German series, with the Prince-Elector featured in a half-length, armored style aside his helmet. Although Merseburger, Dassdorf, and Wilmersdörffer all contained an example of this "death" commemorative in silver (referenced as a medal), we have only been able to locate two occurrences of the issue in this gold 10 Ducat-weight at auction: one in the above-mentioned Vogel sale (Adolph Hess October 1928), and the other recorded by Schnee in Münzen & Medaillen AG Basel's Auction 7 (June 1977, Lot 130), with no additional sales records in the ensuing 40+ years, according to our research. With hardly a trace of handling observed over the surfaces, it seems likely that this commendable representative was carefully stored away not long after it was first struck. Truly a fitting final testament to Christian II's reign, and worthy of a premium bid.

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