Austria 1879 2 florins Dav-27

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2701
This specimen was lot 2701 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 180 CHF (about US$215 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Osterreich, Franz Joseph I. 1848-1916 Doppelgulden 1879. Wien. Vorzüglich-FDC. (empire of Austria, Francis Joseph I, 1848-1916, double gulden of 1879, Vienna mint. Extremely fine-uncirculated.)"
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 The thaler was abandoned in 1872 for the florin, which in turn was superseded by the corona in 1892.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 type of double florin was struck 1872-92. This date is common, despite the small mintage, suggesting that it was extensively saved.

Recorded mintage: 501,000.

Specification: 24.69 g, .900 fine silver, this specimen 24.59 g.

Catalog reference: KM 2233, Herinek 508. Jaeckel 343. Dav-27.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 43: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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