POLAND. Lithuania. 10 Ducats, 1622. Vilnius Mint. Sigismund III. PCGS Genuine--Damage, AU Details. Fr-4; H-Cz-5793 (R7); Kop-3576 (R8); Kur-2197 (R8); Gum-1433. Weight: 34.73 gms. Obverse: Crowned and enrobed bust of Sigismund III right; Reverse: Crowned coat-of-arms of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. A quite pleasing Vilnius 10 Ducats, a type which it almost goes without mentioning is of the highest <strong>RARITY</strong>.
Being of this weight, this denomination was likely produced in extremely limited quantity, with fewer still surviving to the present. This example retains much in the way of merit, despite the notation of damage by PCGS. This notation arises either from the old collector punch to the left of the bust, or some scratches in the soft gold on the reverse. Sporting nearly the entire original design, the light rub that is present on the surfaces is limited to the highest elements on both obverse and reverse. A true treasure of Polish numismatics, and a piece that would make a meritorious addition to any advanced cabinet of holdings. From the Anthony J. Taraszka Collection.
Ex: Bowers and Merena (03/1988) Lot #457.