Austria 1858-A krone Fr-496
This specimen was lot 20176 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRIA. Krone, 1858-A. NGC MS-63+ PL. Impressive quality for this highly elusive issue, featuring strong reflective qualities in the fields and bold frost over the raised surfaces that creates a cameo-like appearance on both sides. Worthy of consideration for the high-end world gold type collection." The krone was also minted by Saxony (KM 1197), Hannover (KM 232), Prussia (Fr-2437) and Bavaria (Fr-280) but does not seem to have been a success, as survivors are few. This issue, minted 1858-65 at Vienna, Milan, Venice and Karlsburg, is rare. The Austrians dropped the krone after 1865.
Recorded mintage: 47,000, highest mintage date.
Specification: 11.11 g, .900 fine gold, .321 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-496; KM-2253.
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