Liechtenstein 1924 5 franken
This specimen was lot 2117 in UBS sale 83. Liechtenstein, a tiny country sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria, has been ruled for generations by a Austrian family that did not even visit its domain until after World War One. The collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the loss of that family's estates in the crash forced the prince, Johan II, to focus on his tiny domain. Since then, Liechtenstein has been aligned with Switzerland. In 1924, the krone was dropped in favor of the frank, modelled on the Swiss franc. This five franken piece was issued to commemorate the occasion. Most were melted and the survivors are rare today. Coinage for Liechtenstein since then has been sporadic and generally limited to commemoratives; the natives use Swiss money for everyday transactions.
Recorded mintage: 15,000 (11,260 melted).
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM Y10, Dav-217.
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