Before World War I, the Ducat coin used as a form of currency throughout Europe. The first silver Ducat are believed to be first manufactured in 1140 by the Duke of Apulia, Roger the Second of Sicily.
The gold Ducat first appeared in 1284 in Venice, attributed to the doge John Dandolo. The gold Ducat coins bear an inscription that has a biblical allusion. “Sit tibi, Christe, datus, quem, tu regis iste ducatus” (O Christ, let this duchy which you rule be dedicated to you., Matthew 22:19-21).
Below are a list of gold Ducat coin mints in Europe:
- the Byzantine Empire
- Germany (Augsburg, Hamburg and Saxony)
- Italy (Duchy of Milan, Papal States, Duchy of Savoy, Kingdom of Two Sicilies, Duchy of Urbino, Republic of Venice, and the Republic of Genoa)
- the Kingdom of Serbia
- the kingdom of Yugoslavia
One of the most famous is the Austrian Ducat mint. The mint produced the first Austrian Ducat gold coins in 1612 (possibly earlier).
Austrian Ducat Gold Coins History
In 1765, the Austrian Ducat gold coins have been used as a commemorative memento following the death of Francis I. The widowed Maria Theresa issued a decree that Ducats be manufactured bearing the profile of her beloved Francis I and the date of his death on July 21, 1766. Upon her death in 1780, Maria Theresa’s face was made a Ducat decoration as decreed by the famous, Maria Theresa Thaler.
The last Austrian gold Ducats were issued in 1914. However, in 1915, recasts were made in honor of Franz Joseph I, born in 1848 and died in 1916.
The obverse face of the Austrian gold Ducat coins featured the portrait of Emperor Francis the first, with the inscriptions “FRANC IOS I D G AUSTRIAE IMPERATOR.” The reverse face housed the superimposed arms of Austria on a crowned double-headed eagled.
This is why Austrian Ducat gold coins are coveted collector’s items. Austrian Ducat gold coins have become very valuable pieces.
Another reason Austrian Ducat gold coins are highly prized is because of the high carat gold quality. Austrian Ducat gold coins were produced using only high purity gold (23 ¾ carats).
Owning Austrian Ducat gold coins can become a great source of pride because it bears a prestige of owning a piece of history. Also, gold Ducats have a connection to the fabled Austrian monarchy.
Austrian Ducat gold coins are a must in every collectors’ strove of trinkets because not only because of its historical and royal value, but because it’s a treasure with ornate embellishments. These rare Austrian Ducat gold coins are often great family heirlooms as well.
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