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POLAND. Ducat, 1671-M H. Michal Korybut. PCGS AU-58. Fr-Unlisted; H-Cz-Unlisted; Kop-1929 (R8); Kur-1131 (R8); Gum-1954. Weight: 3.45 gms. Obverse: Laureate and robed bust of Michal Korybut right; Reverse: Crowned coat-of-arms of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Hitherto unavailable to even the most persistent and deep-pocketed of collectors, Ducats from Michal Korybuts reign outstrip all other monarchs on a comparative <strong>RARITY </strong>scale. The brevity of Michals reign, along with his lack of success, compared with his predecessor and successor, ensured the elusiveness of his Ducats almost from the time they were struck. Escaping some of the most famous 19th Century collections, we have not been able to log a single sale of a Korybut crown Ducat. Consequently, this lot must be treated as a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a specimen, with this piece likely to disappear into a numismatic cabinet for a generation to come. <p>Displaying a soft golden hue, this Ducat retains nearly all the original appeal and charm as it did the day it left the dies. The strike is comprehensive, though not entirely full, with only the slightest brushes of wear being seen. A touch of bend is seen in the planchet, though nothing incongruous with many hammered gold coins of the time. Beautiful luster shines especially through in the protected areas, with very little marking or friction seen. An offering that should make any Polish coin collector giddy in the heart. From the Anthony J. Taraszka Collection.<p>Ex: Hohn Leipzig 22 (12/1999) Lot #172.