Denmark 1844-FF 2 christians d'or

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 29334
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This specimen was lot 29334 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $2,291.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Christian VIII gold 2 Christian d'or 1844-(O) CC//FF AU50 NGC. Appealing, with aged, golden surfaces that exhibit evenly distributed wear among the high points and an illustrative reverse design depicting crowned, mantled arms with supporters. A scarce piece, rarely encountered especially at this grade level." This coin is from a series begun in 1828 during the reign of Frederick VI. This type was struck 1842-47. 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 The christians d'or was superseded by the twenty kroner.

Recorded mintage: 551,000 for 1842-47.

Specification: 13.28 g, .896 fine gold, .382 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 722.2.


  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.
  • 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.
  • 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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