POLAND. Lithuania. Ducat, (15)86. Vilnius Mint. Stephan Bathori. PCGS MS-62. Fr-3; H-Cz-Unlisted; Kop-3392 (R7); Kur-333 (R8); Gum-865. Weight: 3.5 gms. Obverse: Crowned and armored bust of Stephan Bathori right; Reverse: Crowned coat-of-arms flanked by 8 - 6. Assigned the highest rarity score by Kurpiewski, this Ducat from Vilnius balances delicately at the pinnacle of elusiveness for all Polish coins. Whilst all Polish gold from this period is <strong>RARE</strong>, Ducats from the mints of Riga and Vilnius occupy a special level of desirability.
This example features a crowned eagle on the reverse and is significantly more elusive than coins that display an uncrowned eagle. In fact, this particular specimen is the only example we have been able to trace that has been offered at auction, emphasizing its potential uniqueness.
The present Ducat can also add beauty to its list of attributes, with a rich strike that leaves almost no detail wanting. Beautiful luster is retained, only increasing the charm of this example. A few perturbations to the right of the bust are noted for completeness, though these markings are so inconsequential as to hardly warrant a mention. An offering that is certain to excite any advanced specialist in Polish gold.
From the Anthony J. Taraszka Collection.
Ex: Hess-Divo 289 (10/2001) Lot #434.
Ex: Bank Leu (10/1974) Lot #419.