NGC 1674 DUCAT, GERMANY, SILESIA-LIEGNITZ-BRIEG, FR-3216, MS64
Obverse: Armored bust of Georg Wilhelm right Reverse: Silesian eagle, crown above divides date in margin at top.
VERY RARE in exceptional condition. Brilliant fields and strong strike.
Georg Wilhelm, 1672-1675. Ducat (3.44 grams. 22.56 mm) Obverse: Bust right within beaded partiial circle. Legend: GEORG WILHELM D:G.DUX.SIL: Reverse: Crowned Silesian eagle within breaded circle, crown dividing date. Legend: LIGNIC*BREG. & WOLAVIENS & 1674
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Country: German States/Silesia-Liegnitz-Brieg
Ruler: Georg Wilhelm
Coinage Type: Trade Coinage
Weight: 3.5 gm
Description Obverse: Armored bust of Georg Wilhelm right
Description Reverse: Silesian eagle, crown above divides date in margin at top
Legend Obverse: GEORG. WILHELM. D.G. DVX. SIL.
Legend Reverse: LIGNIC. BREG. & WOLAVIEN.
Catalog: Fr. #3216.
George William of Legnica (German: Georg Wilhelm von Liegnitz; Polish: Jerzy Wilhelm Legnicki; Olawa, 29 September 1660 - Brzeg, 21 November 1675) was the last Duke of Legnica and Brieg (Brzeg) from 1672 until his death. He was the last male member of the House of Piast.
He was the eldest but only surviving son of Christian, Duke of Legnica-Brzeg-Wolow-Olawa by his wife Louise, daughter of John Casimir, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau.
On 14 March 1675 George William took formal possession of the government of his lands. One month before, the young Duke went to the Imperial court in Vienna, where he made his solemn homage to the Emperor Leopold I. Immediately after the beginning of George William's personal rule, Duchess Louise was forced to give up her land as part of her Oprawa wdowia. The announcements of the start of a good and prosper government by George William were stopped with the sudden death of the Duke on 21 November 1675. The cause of his death was a strong fever, developed shortly after his return from a hunt, the first sign of smallpox. The Duke was buried in the church of St. John in Legnica, alongside his father.
NGC 1674 GERMANY DUCAT, SILESIA-LIEGNITZ-BRIEG, FR-3216, MS64