Solid-Ducat: coin from Duchy of Prussia; 1/32 thaler


Solid-Ducat (Schilling or Solid), 1658: Duchy of Prussia

Solid-Ducat (Solid or Schilling), 1658: Duchy of Prussia

Ruler: Frederick William (German "Friedrich Wilhelm") — Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia, ruler of Brandenburg-Prussia (1640-1688).

SOLID DUCAT PRUSS: Solid of Duchy of Prussia (Latin "Solid Ducatus Prussiae").

16 FWC 58: stylized crowned monogram of Friedrich-Wilhelm and date (FWCFriedrich Wilhelm Cronprinz /Kronprinz/ or Friedrich Wilhelm Curfirst /Kurfürst/ — it is not possible to find an unambiguous decipherment of the monogram, different sources provide different data).

There is also a variety of the coin with the legend "Dvcat" and "Prvss" through "V".

  • Silver: 16 mm - 0.48 g
  • Reference price: 4.5$

COIN SOLID-DUCAT — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. DUCHY OF PRUSSIA (BRANDENBURG-PRUSSIA, 1657-1659): solid-ducat = 1/32 thaler

About the name of the coin solid-ducat: it is not the face value of the coin. In essence, this is a solid.
"Solid-Ducat" is a conditional, often used in numismatic circles, erroneous name of Prussian solids of the German state formation Brandenburg-Prussia. Coined from silver from 1657 to 1659 inclusive.
The fact is that the legend of the solid-ducat is as follows: SOLID DVCAT PRVSS, which translates as "Duchy of Prussia" (Latin "Ducatus Prussiae"). BUT... already the next, very similar in appearance, type of Prussian solid (1669-1671) bore the inscription "SOLID PRUSSIÆ DUCALIS", which misleads many (replacement of DVCAT by DUCALIS).
By the way, Polish sources call this controversial coin a szeląg, but the term "schilling" is widely used on English-language sites.
Despite the name "solid-ducat" we use, the coin has nothing to do with ducats...