Austria 1858-M 1/4 florin
"Franz Joseph I. 1848-1916 1/4 Gulden 1858 M. Mailand. Selten. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. Leicht justiert. (kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia, Francis Joseph I, 1848-59, quarter gulden of 1858, Milan mint. Rare, Very fine-extremely fine, Minor adjustment marks.)"When Bismarck kicked Austria out of Germany after the war of 1866, German and Austrian coins began to diverge. The thaler was abandoned in 1872 for the florin, which in turn was superseded by the corona in 1892. This quarter florin was struck 1857-59 at Vienna (A), Kremnitz (B), Karlsburg (E), Milan (M, shown here) and Venice (V). Many dates are common tho this one is somewhat scarce.
Recorded mintage: 2,982,000 (including mintmarks B, E).
Specification: 5.345 g, .520 fine silver, this specimen 5.31 g.
Catalog reference: KM 2213, Herinek 630. Jaeckel 326.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Richter, Jürg, Auction 43: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.