Liechtenstein 1946-B 20 franken
This specimen was lot 259 in William Rosenblum's sale 40j (Littleton, CO, October 2010). 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 twenty franken piece was issued and circulated specimens probably exist but who would be stupid enough to spend gold coins in post-WW2 Europe? Coinage for Liechtenstein since then has been sporadic and generally limited to commemoratives; the natives use Swiss money for everyday transactions.
Recorded mintage: 10,000.
Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, .186 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM Y14.
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- 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.