Austria 1809-C 1/2 thaler

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Sincona sale 34, lot 4441
Künker sale 293, lot 1661
The first specimen was lot 4441 in Sincona sale 34 (Zurich, October 2016), where it sold for 525 CHF (about US$623 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"AUSTRIA. Franz II. (I.), 1792-1835 Halbtaler 1809. Prag. Selten. Vorzüglich. (Empire of Austria, Francis I, 1792-1835, half thaler of 1809, Prague mint. Rare, Extremely fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 1661 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €400 (about US$539 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"KAISERREICH ÖSTERREICH, Franz I. 1804-1835. 1/2 Konv.-Taler 1809, C, Prag. RR Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (Empire of Austria, Francis I, 1804-35, half convention thaler of 1809, Prague mint. Rare, fine patina, very fine to extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1806-10 and is rather scarce. This is the only issue from Prague. Half thalers were struck to this standard until 1851 then replaced by a smaller coin struck 1857-68.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 14.03 g, .833 fine silver, .375 troy oz ASW, the first specimen 14.00 g.

Catalog reference: Diet. 1142. Her. 395. J. 162, KM 2151.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Münzen und Medaillen des Römisch-Deutsches Reiches, Auktion 34, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2016.
  • [2]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 293: Münzen aus Mittelalter und Neuzeit u. a. die westfälischen Privatsammlungen Werner Bröker und Bernd Terletzki, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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