Austria 1863-E florin

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2750
This specimen was lot 2750 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 140 CHF (about US$167 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Franz Joseph I. 1848-1916 Gulden 1863 E. Karlsburg. Vorzüglich. (empire of Austria, Francis Joseph I, 1848-1916, gulden of 1863, Karlsburg mint. Extremely 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 scarce date.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 2219, Herinek 546, 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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