Detail mince: Austria. Ortenburg. Christopher Widmann gold 10 Ducat 1656 MS63 NGC, St. Veit mint

Austria. Ortenburg. Christopher Widmann gold 10 Ducat 1656 MS63 NGC, St. Veit mint, KM5 (Rare; this coin), Fr-563 (Rare; this coin plated in the 8th ed.), cf. Montenuovo-2945 (5 Ducat), Trau Collection-Unl., Holzmair-99. 34.67gm. Hans Seel as mintmaster. Struck from Taler dies (cf. KM3). A piece which instantly stuns on account of its brilliant mint luster that effortlessly cascades over the fields, the surfaces preserving choice originality, while the edges remain free of filing or a previous mount. Unsurprisingly, this is the single finest certified example to date, with just one other specimen graded AU58 at PCGS. It almost goes without saying that this offering needs to be viewed in hand to be fully appreciated, a fact clearly supported by its use as the plate coin in both the Standard Catalog of World Coins and Friedberg. Ex. Leu Numismatik Auction 80 (May 2001, Lot 797)

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