Austria 1865-A 1/4 florin

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2769
This specimen was lot 2769 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 200 CHF (about US$239 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Franz Joseph I. 1848-1916 1/4 Gulden 1865 A. Wien. Gutes vorzüglich. (empire of Austria, Francis Joseph I, 1848-1916, quarter gulden of 1865, Vienna mint. Good extremely fine.)"
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 The thaler was abandoned in 1872 for the florin, which in turn was superseded by the corona in 1892.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 1859-65 at Vienna (A, shown here), Kremnitz (B), Karlsburg (E), Milan (M) and Venice (V). Many dates are common tho this one is somewhat scarce.

Recorded mintage: 80,000.

Specification: 5.345 g, .520 fine silver, this specimen 5.38 g.

Catalog reference: KM 2214, Herinek 640. Jaeckel 327.


  • 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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