Denmark 1859-FA 2 frederiks d'or

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 23485
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23485 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $10,575. The catalog description[1] noted, "Frederik VII gold Proof 2 Frederiks d'Or 1859 FK-FA, PR63 NGC, a choice piece with flashy reflective surfaces and razor sharp details. A rare type in any grade and this is the first example we have recorded in Proof." After the reform of 1854, the monetary system was 96 skillings = 1 rigsdaler, 2 rigsdaler = 1 (old) speciedaler. This coin, struck 1856-59 in small numbers, is in the middle of a series begun in 1828 during the reign of Frederick VI. 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, the coinage was reformed again to the current system of 100 ore = 1 krone.

Recorded mintage: 1,205,000 for 1851-59.

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

Catalog reference: KM 750.3.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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