Austrian-Netherlands 1796-B souverain d'or
This specimen was lot 889 in Goldberg sale 55 (Beverly Hills, October 2009), where it sold for $1725. The catalog description noted, "Austrian Netherlands. 1 Souverain d'or, 1796-B. Franz II, 1792-1806 (I, 1806-1835). Laureate head right. Reverse: Crowned arms. Brilliant fields with mint fresh luster. A lovely coin with great eye appeal. NGC graded MS-63." This type is filed under the Austrian Netherlands, an area which is now Belgium and Luxembourg. However, the "B" mintmark indicates that it was struck in Kremnitz, in Austrian Hungary. Similar coins are known from Vienna, Gunzberg, Brussels, Milan and Hall. The type was struck 1792-98 and previous souverains d'or date back to the reign of Maria Theresa.
Recorded mintage: unknown but a common date.
Specification: 11.06 g, .919 fine gold, .326 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-469; KM 64.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- 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.
- Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 55: Ancient & World Coins, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2009.