Austria 1879 2 florins Dav-31
This specimen was lot 5323 in Goldberg sale 72 (Los Angeles, February 2013), where it sold for $230. The catalog description noted, "Austria. 2 Florin, 1879. Franz Joseph I. For the 25th wedding anniversary of the Emperor and Empress. NGC graded MS-63." The double florin superseded the old thaler and was struck 1859-92 with various busts of Franz Josef. This semi-medallic issue is included in Davenport but not in the SCWC. It doesn't seem to be rare.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 24.69 g, .900 fine silver, .714 troy oz AGW, lettered edge.
Catalog reference: Dav-31; KM-XM5; Thun-464.
- 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.
- Ira and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 72: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles, CA: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.