Austria 1858-V 1/2 krone Fr-1515

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3514
This specimen was lot 3514 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €18,000 (about US$23,253 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Franz Josef I. 1848-1916. 1/2 Vereinskrone 1858, V, Venedig. 5,00 g Feingold. GOLD. Von großer Seltenheit. Nur 947 Exemplare geprägt. Sehr attraktives Exemplar, vorzüglich +. (empire of Austria, Francis Joseph I, 1848-1916, gold half crown of 1858, Venice mint. Very rare, only 947 struck, very attractive, extremely fine or better.)"
The krone was also minted by Austria (Fr-496), 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, Kremnitz, Venice and Karlsburg, seems to be somewhat available tho this date is rare. The Austrians dropped the krone after 1865.

Recorded mintage: 947.

Specification: 5.55 g, .916 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Divo/S. 263; Fr-1515; J. 314; Schl. 439, KM 2251.


  • 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.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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