Danish West Indies 1859 5 cents

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 22445
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 22445 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $149.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Frederick VII 5 Cents 1859, AU-UNC, far nicer than usual for the type." This type was issued 1858-59 along with one, three, ten and twenty cent coins.

Danish currency endured several "reforms" in the nineteenth century. For the West Indies, the decimal conversion occurred in 1858, with twenty cents = one franc. The Danish West Indies were sold to the United States in 1917.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.74 g, .625 fine silver, .035 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 64.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Siegs Møntcatalog 2016: Danmark med Omrader, 48 ed., Frederikssund, Siegs Forlag ApS, 2015.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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