Denmark 1842-FK 4 rigsbankskilling

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 176

This specimen was lot 176 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $514.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "DENMARK. Christian VIII. 1839-1848. AR 4 Rigsbankskilling – 1/4 Skilling. København (Copenhagen) mint. Georg Wilhelm Svendsen, mintmaster. Frederik Christopher Krohn, engraver. Dated 1842 FK VS. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 66. Dual denominated for use in Schleswig-Holstein. Gem uncirculated with original amber, gray and a touch of blue toning. Superb quality and strike grace this little jewel. Highest of this type and denomination ever graded. Purchased July 1970." 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. The four rigsbankskilling was struck 1841-42 only. The "2½ SCHILL: COUR.", short for "2½ schilling courant," marks this coin's value in Schleswig-Holstein, then under Danish rule.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.85 g, .250 fine silver, this specimen 16 mm diameter, 1.79 g, 12h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 721.2; C 123.


  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.
  • 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.

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