Austria 1848-A 1/2 thaler

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2734
This specimen was lot 2734 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 5,250 CHF (about US$6,265 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Franz Joseph I. 1848-1916 Gulden 1848 A. Wien Kopf nach links. Sehr selten. Fast FDC. Prachtvolle Erhaltung mit herrlicher Patina. Kleine Kratzer. (empire of Austria, Francis Joseph I, 1848-1916, gulden of 1848, Vienna mint, head left. Very rare, About uncirculated. Beautiful condition with magnificent patina, Small scratches.)"
This rare type of 1848-51 may have been merely a pattern, similar to the equally scarce thaler (Dav-15).

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 14.03 g, .833 fine silver, the second specimen 14.02 g.

Catalog reference: Herinek 431. Jaeckel 289, KM-2227.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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