Liechtenstein 1961 50 franken

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Sincona sale 51, lot 2818
This specimen was lot 2818 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 375 CHF (about US$452 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Franz Josef II. 1938-1989. 50 Franken 1961. FDC. (Liechtenstein, Francis Joseph II, 1938-89, fifty franken of 1961. 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 fifty franken piece was issued to honor the centennial of the national bank. Coinage for Liechtenstein has been sporadic and generally limited to commemoratives; the natives use Swiss money for everyday transactions.

Recorded mintage: 20,000.

Specification: 11.29 g, .900 fine gold; this specimen 11.29 g.

Catalog reference: KM Y19, Divo 138, HMZ 2-1386c, Fr-22.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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