Denmark 1828-FF frederiks d'or

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Heritage sale 3021, lot 20494
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 20494 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Frederick VI gold Frederick d'Or 1828-FF, MS61 PCGS, lightly toned and quite attractive with reflective lustrous surfaces. Very scarce one-year type with the small bust of the King and coat of arms on the reverse." This coin is from a series begun in 1828 during the reign of Frederick VI. This type was struck 1828 only. Since 1513, the kings of Denmark have alternated between the names Frederick and Christian; when Fredericks VI and VII ruled, this coin was called a frederiks d'or; when Christians VIII and IX ruled, it was called a christians d'or. It was the same size and weight as a Prussian friedrichs d'or (KM 371, KM 398, KM 415, KM 442) and a Saxon gold five thalers (KM 1054, KM 1102, KM 1113, KM 1123, KM 1143). All the Danish issues are rare today. In 1874, Danish coinage underwent a decimal reform and Denmark joined the Scandinavian Monetary Union. The christians d'or was superseded by the 20 kroner.

Recorded mintage: 21,000.

Specification: 6.64 g, .896 fine gold, .191 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 699.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Siegs Møntcatalog 2016: Danmark med Omrader, 48 ed., Frederikssund, Siegs Forlag ApS, 2015.
  • 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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