Austria 1854-A ducat Fr-490
This specimen was lot 20206 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $5,462.50. The catalog description noted, "Franz Joseph I gold Ducat 1854A, Proof 64 Ultra Cameo NGC, flashy mirror surfaces with a deep cameo effect on the bust. Highly attractive and very rare as a Proof, the only piece graded as such by NGC or PCGS." This type was struck 1852-59 only but is common. Gold ducats were struck throughout Franz Josef's long reign and come in many types. This date is known from Vienna, Kremnitz, Venice and Karlsburg.
Recorded mintage: unknown but common. The proofs are not mentioned in the SCWC.
Specification: 3.49 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-490, KM 2263.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.