Austria 1849-A 1/2 thaler

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2735
This specimen was lot 2735 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 4,500 CHF (about US$5,370 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Franz Joseph I. 1848-1916 Gulden 1849 A. Wien Kopf nach links. Sehr selten. Fast vorzüglich. (empire of Austria, Francis Joseph I, 1848-1916, gulden of 1849, Vienna mint, head left. About Very rare, extremely fine.)"
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 14.00 g.

Catalog reference: Herinek 432. Jaeckel 289, KM-2227.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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