Austria 1854-A 1/2 thaler

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Sincona sale 39, lot 4217
Sincona sale 43, lot 2740
The first specimen was lot 4217 in Sincona sale 39 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 425 CHF (about US$510 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"AUSTRIA, Franz Joseph I. 1848-1916 Gulden 1854 A. Wien. Sehr seltener Jahrgang. Selten. Sehr schön. (empire of Austria, Francis Joseph I, 1848-1916, gulden of 1854, Vienna mint. Very rare date. Rare. Very fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 2740 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 700 CHF (about US$835 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Franz Joseph I. 1848-1916 Gulden 1854 A. Wien. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (empire of Austria, Francis Joseph I, 1848-1916, gulden of 1854, Vienna mint. Very fine-extremely fine.)"
The Sincona cataloguers erred in calling this coin a gulden as the gulden (or florin) was not introduced until 1857, and then at a weight of 12.34 g. This scarce type of 1852-56 is a half thaler and is so catalogued in the SCWC.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 12.99 g, .900 fine silver, .375 troy oz ASW, the first specimen 12.72 g; the second specimen is 12.92 g.

Catalog reference: Jaeckel 295, Herinek 437; KM 2227.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Auction 39, World coins and medals, coins and medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.
  • [2]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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