Liechtenstein 1924 frank
This specimen was part of lot 13270 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), which sold for $1,469. The catalog description noted, "LIECHTENSTEIN. Four Piece Silver Type Set, 1924. 4 pieces in set. Includes: 1/2 to 5 Franken. A nicely matched set of the silver issues of this type. All are evenly toned with nice underlying luster. The Franken is NGC MS-62...." 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 one frank piece was issued to commemorate the occasion. Coinage for Liechtenstein since then has been sporadic and generally limited to commemoratives; the natives use Swiss money for everyday transactions.
Recorded mintage: 60,000.
Specification: 5 g, .835 fine silver, .134 troy oz ASW, 23 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM Y8.
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- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.