Coins and medals

RHINEGOLD is a special kind of precious metal, surrounded by legends. It plays an important role in the old-german mythology and was used to manufacture jewellery and currency,long before the Teutons settled down.

The so called “Regenbogenschüsselchen”, an early form of middle european gold coins, were presumable struck by the compatriots of Asterix and Obelix partially from Rhinegold. Proofs for this indeed do not exist.

Starting from the 17. century, coins and medals were provided as yield coinages with the certificate of the origin of the metal. The oldest ½ rhinegolddukat was presented in 1674 by cure prince Karl Ludwig. In the following centuries many sovereigns copied this example. Many of the river gold coinages came as currencies into circulation. A part of these small works of art were immediately incorporated into private collections. Particularly the copies manufactured in small number of items were preserved in good status. They are popular collecting objects of high appreciation. The last Rhinegold coins were brought out 1863 by king Maximilian of Bavaria, who also was sovereign of the Pfalz at the same time.

In our days the Rhinegold story finds its continuation. A group of active hobby goldhunters from Karlsruhe won sufficient Rinegold foil in many decades from the sands of the upper Rhine to manufacture some new coinages.

1993 appeared the on 58 pieces limited edition of a rhinegolddukat.

To the Millenium 2000 the following coinage limited on 88 pieces was implemented.

And for the jubilee “200 Jahre Baden”, in 2006, 99 pieces of the following medal were made.

In 2011, 50 pieces of a *Markgraf Karl-Wilhelm-Ducat” were made, in view of the 300-year-birthday of Kalsruhe 2015.

With all motives the Hobbygoldner refers both to the Rhine gold, as well as to its hometown Karlsruhe. The coinages are numismaticly arranged as medals, because they are no currencies, and also no coins. They are nevertheless genuine pieces of pure Rhine gold, which is available only in relatively small number and their owners are fullfillded with pride.

A short discription of the five rhinegold-ducats:

  1993 Golddigger-Ducat 2000 Milleniumsducat 2006 Badenducat 2011 Karl-Wilhelm-Ducat
Material native gold
936,1/1000-parts gold
58,0/1000-parts silver
5,9/1000 parts etc.
native gold
928,7/1000-parts gold
63,0/1000-parts silver
8,3/1000-parts etc.
native gold
928,2/1000-parts gold
63,0/1000-parts silver
8,8/1000-parts etc.
native gold
928,2/1000-parts gold
63,0/1000-parts silver
8,8/1000-parts etc.
Diameter 20 mm 20 mm 20,5 mm 20,5 mm
Thickness 0,64 mm 1,28 mm bzw. 0,64 mm 1,3 mm 1,2 mm
Quality of mint Stempelglanz, dull Stempelglanz, dull Stempelglanz Stempelglanz
Relief Münzrelief Münzrelief Münzrelief Münzrelief
Copies 53 pieces à about 3,6 gramm
5 pieces à about 4,0 gramm
38 pieces à about 7,2 gramm
50 pieces à about 3,6 gramm
99 pieces à about 4,1 gramm 50 pieces à about 3,4 – 4,1 gramm
Design Horst Meder and Manfred Common, Karlsruhe Medailleur Victor Huster, Baden-Baden
Engraver Medailleur Victor Huster, Baden-Baden
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A specification of the five coinages can be found in a certificate that ist enclused with each medal.

Next to the five Rhinegoldmedals, the following medals were made with Rhinegold from different persons and institutions:

Rhinegoldmedal 2005 from the “Numismatische Gesellschaft Speyer e. V.” Made for the 40. South-German Numismatic Meeting. 62 pieces.

2007 Rhinegoldducat from Medailleur Victor Huster, Baden-Baden. Made for the 500th anniversary of the constitution of Baden-Baden by Markgraf Christoph von Baden. 25 pieces.

Rhinegoldducat 2008 from Medailleur, Victor Huster, Baden-Baden.
Made for the 750th anniversary of the town ordinances and privileges of Steinbach (Baden); 42 pieces.

Rhinegoldmedal 2009 made for 90 years of “Badische Gesellschaft für Münzkunde Karlsruhe, 1919 (MCMXIX) – 2009 (MMIX)”.
Medailleur: Victor Huster, Baden-Baden.
Aperture: ca. 25 mm , weight.: 14 g, ca 928/1000 fein, 5 pieces.