Austria 1857-E florin

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2744
This specimen was lot 2744 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 750 CHF (about US$895 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Franz Joseph I. 1848-1916 Gulden 1857 E. Karlsburg. Sehr selten. Gutes sehr schön. (empire of Austria, Francis Joseph I, 1848-1916, gulden of 1857, Karlsburg mint. Very rare, Good very fine.)"
The florin, about the size of a half dollar, was introduced in Austria in 1857 in a feeble attempt to decimalize the currency. It was accompanied by a quarter florin and a double florin and the half thaler was dropped. The mélange of billon small change was reorganized into twenty, ten, five, one and 5/10 kreuzer. This system obtained, tho the thaler and ducat continued, until another reform introduced the corona in 1892. This type was struck 1857-65 at Vienna (A), Kremnitz (B), Venice (V), Milan (M) and Karlsburg (E, shown here); this is a rare date.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 12.34 g, .900 fine silver, this specimen 12.34 g.

Catalog reference: KM 2219, Herinek 540, Jaeckel 328.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 43: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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