Austria 1856-A 1/2 thaler

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2742
This specimen was lot 2742 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 850 CHF (about US$1,014 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Franz Joseph I. 1848-1916 Gulden 1856 A. Wien. Vorzüglich. (empire of Austria, Francis Joseph I, 1848-1916, gulden of 1856, Vienna mint. Extremely fine.)"
The half thaler, which had accompanied the thaler since the fifteenth century, was dropped in favor of the florin in 1857. Thalers were struck until 1868, to be superseded by the double florin. The kreuzer, formerly 120 to the thaler, was made 100 to the florin. This type was struck at Vienna and Kremnitz 1852-56 and all dates are rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 12.992 g, .900 fine silver, this specimen 12.97 g.

Catalog reference: KM 2228.1, Herinek 439. Jaeckel 295.


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

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