Denmark 1771-K 1/2 krone

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 24446
Denmark 1771 half krone rev H326-24446.jpg

This specimen was lot 24446 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $2,350. The catalog description[1] noted, "Christian VII 1/2 Krone 1771-K, MS63 NGC, fully lustrous with light toning in the legends, some tiny flan flaws as made. Struck for the 22nd birthday of the King. Very scarce in this quality." Danish currency endured several "reforms" in the nineteenth century. Until 1813, 1 ducat = 2 speciedaler = 12 mark = 192 skilling Danske. After the reform of 1813, 1 frederiks d'or = 5 speciedaler = 10 rigsbankdaler = 960 rigsbankskilling. In 1854, the speciedaler was dropped but the remaining denominations were unchanged. In 1874, all the old denominations were terminated in favor of 1 krone = 100 ore, which system is still in use, tho the krone is no longer silver. This type is listed for 1771 only and is rare as stated.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 8.99 g, .833 fine silver, .240 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 621.


  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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