Austria 1850-A 1/2 thaler

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Künker sale 293, lot 1685
Sincona sale 43, lot 2736
The first specimen was lot 1685 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €6,000 (about US$8,087 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KAISERREICH ÖSTERREICH, Franz Josef I. 1848-1916. 1/2 Konv.-Taler (Gulden) 1850, A, Wien. RR Prachtexemplar. Fast Stempelglanz. (Empire of Austria, Francis Joseph I, 1848-1916, half convention thaler of 1850, Vienna mint. Rare, proof example, about uncirculated.)"
The second specimen was lot 2736 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 4,000 CHF (about US$4,773 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Franz Joseph I. 1848-1916 Gulden 1850 A. Wien Kopf nach links. Sehr selten. Fast vorzüglich. (empire of Austria, Francis Joseph I, 1848-1916, gulden of 1850, Vienna mint, bust left, Very rare, About 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 433. Jaeckel 289, KM-2227.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]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.
  • [2]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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