Denmark 1799-HIAB speciedaler Dav-1315

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 153

This specimen was lot 153 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $10,890. The catalog description[1]] noted, "DENMARK. Christian VII. 1766-1808. AR Speciedaler København (Copenhagen) mint. Hans Jakob Arnold Branth, mintmaster. Peter Leonard Gianelle, engraver. Dated 1799 HIAB PG. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 66. Very light toning over superb satin surfaces. Highest ever graded specimen by five grades. An incredible coin and one of the rarities of the Danish section. Purchased from Louis Collins, December 1988." 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 øre, which system is still in use, tho the krone is no longer silver. This type is listed for 1799 only and is rare as stated.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 28.83 g, .875 fine silver, .812 troy oz ASW, this specimen 39 mm diameter, 28.93 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 654; Hede 39E, Dav-1315.


  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Siegs Møntcatalog 2016: Danmark med Omrader, 48 ed., Frederikssund, Siegs Forlag ApS, 2015.* Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.

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