Liechtenstein 1956 50 franken

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Sincona sale 43, lot 3603
This specimen was lot 3603 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 380 CHF (about US$454 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"LIECHTENSTEIN, Franz Josef II. 1938-1989 50 Franken 1956. Vorzüglich-FDC. (principality of Liechtenstein, Francis Joseph II, 1938-89, fifty franken of 1956. Extremely fine-uncirculated.)"
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 hundred 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: 17,000.

Specification: 11.29 g, .900 fine gold, .927 troy oz AGW, this specimen 11.30 g.

Catalog reference: KM Y16, Divo 135, HMZ 2-1386a, Fr-20.


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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.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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