1064516 | SWISS CANTONS. Basel. (17th Century) ND AV 12 Ducats or Medallic 12 Ducats "Glückhennentaler". PCGS MS61. 43mm. 40.90gm. ALIT ET PRO/ TEGIT (She nourishes and shields). Mother hen with four chicks before cityscape; legend in exergue / Western view of Basel with city arms held by griffin supporters to either side below. Unlisted in Krause; Fr.-79 Variant; Unlisted in HMZ and Divo; cf. SM.-1169 (same dies, though struck in silver); Wunderly 2182 (same); Fatio Collection 1252.
The imagery depicted on this medallic "Glueckhennentaler" struck from taler dies, depicts the relationship between city administrators and their citizens. The notion that the Grand Council saw to the protection of its "dear children," with the Latin legend translating to "She nourishes and protects" evokes such an allegory. The earliest issues of this type were signed with the initials of Friedrich Fecher, while subsequent pieces in the series omitted the artist's initials. This unsigned piece is thought possibly to be by Stefan Heinrich. Perhaps only the second known gold 12 ducat-weight "Glueckhennentaler"; no example in this weight format was present in major Swiss collections such as Wilmersdörffer, Hauser-Späth, Hirzel, Wunderly, Bachofen, Iklé, Stroehlin, von Schluthess-Rechberg, the South Kensington Museum, Hess-Leu's 1964 Auction 25 Schweizer Goldmünzen, and Bank Leu's sale Schweizer Medallien aus Altem Privatbesitz of 1989. Another example of similar weight was sold in Leo Hamburger's October 1931 sale of the Henry Fatio Collection (lot 1252, Auction Catalog 93).
Ex. Leu Numismatik Auction 80 (May 2001, Lot 264).
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