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    The First Auction Appearance of This Exceedingly Rare Type in Decades

    Friesland. Provincial gold 28 Stuivers (5 Ducat) 1688-(Lion) UNC Details (Removed From Jewelry) NGC, Leeuwarden mint, KM-Pn19, Delm-1022 (R4), CNM-2.16.80 (same dies), PW-Fr60.1, Jasek-69D (same dies). 19.57gm. By all indications an absolutely exceptional rarity within the Friesland series, its R4 rating in Delmonte corresponding to a proposed 2 or 3 examples known. According to our research, no pieces of this date and type in gold have appeared at auction in recent decades, with the only specimens we are able to cite being those recorded by Delmonte (from the Dr. van Oppenraay Collection) and Jasek (who records a piece in Laurens Schulman's April 2000 Auction 24, lot 570, Jacques Schulman's February 1966 Auction 241, lot 243 and the representative in the Van Der Niepoort Collection); even the Catalogus der Gouden, Zilveren en Koperen Specien van de Republiek der Vereenigde Nederlanden recorded no specimen present in the Royal Coin Cabinet in Utrecht. Clearly produced from some of the highest quality dies used for the denomination--admitting not the least striking weakness--the fact that this piece displays such careful centering and preparation certainly seems to confirm its status as a prestige item if not an outright Pattern as stated by the Standard Catalog of World Coins. An utterly charming specimen even with its time spent in jewelry, and a coin that will prove endlessly entrancing to its future owner.

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    May, 2021
    6th-7th Thursday-Friday
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