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    Potentially Unique Double Ducat

    Riga. Free City gold 2 Ducat 1575-Dated MS62 NGC, 6.91g, 24mm, Gum-Unl., Kop-Unl., Hutten-Unl., cf. Reichel II, 409. + DAT ★ GEBVT ★ IV ★ VNSER ★ HERE ★ GOT, city gate of Riga with small box(?) on either side within wreath / ★ GEVET ° RICHTE ° AXCISE ° VND ° SCHOT, pair of crossed keys dividing date, dagger-like cross above, all within wreath. An extraordinarily rare, unpublished, and possibly unique piece. The obverse and reverse legends, which appear to be written in Old German and seem to the cataloger to be intended to be read continuously across both sides of the coin, may perhaps be interpreted as "This pray you, our Lord God, provide [us] safe passage and protection". This would correlate well with Riga's highly contested and war-ravaged status following the Hanseatic League's diminishing clout in the early decades of the 16th century, and its aspirations to maintain its independence, and serves as a proper caption to the visual image of the city gate with gate raised on the obverse. Bathed in a pleasant yellow-golden light with a perfectly centered and refined strike.
    Ex. Hess-Divo AG, Auction 333, 30 November 2017, Lot 365
    Ex. UBS Gold & Numismatics, Auction 85, 7 September 2010, Lot 1147


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    August, 2018
    17th Friday
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