Austria 1873 4 ducats Fr-500
This specimen was lot 24129 in Heritage sale 3032 (Chicago, April 2014), where it sold for $2,791. The catalog description noted, "Franz Joseph I gold 4 Ducats 1873, Vienna mint, VF Details (Ex-Jewelry) PCGS. A relatively scarce commemorative type issued for the Vienna Shooting Festival during the 25th Jubilee of Franz Joseph's reign. Despite its burnished appearance, this is an aesthetically stylistic design with a wonderful, historical account." The module is as large as a thaler but the coin (which may actually be a medal) is very thin.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.96 g, .986 fine gold, .442 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM-XM12, Fr-500.
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- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3032, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014