Austria 1856-A 4 ducats Fr-484
This specimen was lot 29072 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $7,050. The catalog description noted, "Franz Joseph I gold 4 Ducat 1856-A AU58 NGC, Vienna mint. An attractive, lightly circulated example of this earlier-date type with typically encountered surface marks, nicely defined features, and a considerable amount of reflectivity within the fields." This type is noted for 1852-59 from Vienna (mintmark "A") and Venice (mintmark "V", 1857 only). The module is as large as a thaler but the coin is very thin.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.96 g, .986 fine gold, .442 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-484, KM 2271.1.
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- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.