Medieval Austria Sigismund of Tyrol Guldiner  1486
Medieval Austria Sigismund of Tyrol Guldiner 1486

Now here is a neat coin. It is an Austrian guldiner of Archduke Sigismund of Tyrol dated 1486. It is not something you see every day! Sigismund was archduke of Austria and ruler of Tyrol from 1446 to 1490.

The coin in our picture comes from Heritage Auctions, a world renowned auction house for rare and valuable coins. The HA piece is a genuine coin minted in 1486. It sold at auction around the $3200 US dollar mark. Very nice!

CoinQuest thanks Heritage Auctions for use of their coin image.

But that is not the complete story. If you go to eBay and search for sigismund coins, you may find one just like the Heritage coin, but in much better condition and selling for about $100. What gives?

The problem is that Austria often issues restrikes of its classic old coins, and keeps the original date on the coin. So this coin dated 1486 may have been minted in 1953. Get the picture?

Our summary of value is, then:

worn: $1400 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $3200
well preserved: $10,000+

worn: $5
average circulated: $10
well preserved: $60
fully uncirculated: $120

unappealing: zero
appealing: $3

There are also some genuine old coins struck in gold. They are known as 7 ducats, and are extremely valuable. One sold at auction in October of 2012 for 140,000 euros, or about $175,000. Yikes!

If you enjoy squinting at coin pictures, check our image below which does a side-by-side comparison of original and restrike coins. See if you can figure out the one you have, and evaluate accordingly.

Coin: 12135 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: cleaty, Sun, 12-Aug-2012 07:25:59 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 17-Apr-2014 13:52:00 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Thu, 13-Nov-2014 15:11:15 GMT
Requester description: 1486 one side has 15 small crest shields with one lg on bottom center --a knight holding a lance up while riding a horse--the other side has TRADUX.TUSTRID.SIGTSMUNDUS-1486--with what looks like a king with crown on head with cross and holding a staff in one hand and resting his other on his sword on his hip (the wording may not be right some of the letters i was guessing its written weird
Tags: medieval austria sigismund tyrol guldiner midieval mediaeval oesterreichische austriae ostereich austraiia avstri austriam osterriech austriacum osterreich avst avstria austrain avstriae austrie austr austrian sterreich oesterreich austro aust osterreichische avstr one 15 crest coat shields shield center offcenter knight lance up riding rider horse tradux tustrid sigtsmundus king crown head cross staff hand sword letters letter i weird ones arms coats crests insignia crested creast sheild shiled shied chevrons shileld shild escucheon shelid chevron ashield off centers centered knights nobleman horeseman horseman ride pony horsehead hores horseback horses stallion kings rois konigreich konigin crowned tiara crwon crpwn crowns tiarra crowning tiera sworeds swordlike swords broadsword leters lettering lettered sigis sig mundus mund armor hat cap headdress scepter hood caps hooded





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