Austria 1879 8 florins

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Sincona sale 23, lot 3060
This specimen was lot 3060 in Sincona sale 23 (Zurich, May 2015), where it sold for 300 CHF (about US$377 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"RDR/ÖSTERREICH, Franz Joseph I. 1848-1916 8 Florin-20 Francs 1879. Wien. Fast vorzüglich-vorzüglich. (Austrian empire, Francis Joseph (1848-1916), eight florin/twenty francs of 1879, Vienna mint, extremely fine.)"
In an attempt to stabilize her currency, Austria minted gold kronen (a Prussian denomination) 1858-65 and then this eight florins 1870-92, which matched the French twenty francs. Hungary, granted the right to mint her own coinage after 1867, also issued this denomination (KM 455.1). However, the ducat remained the most produced gold coin in Austria until the collapse of the regime in World War One.

Recorded mintage: 43,000.

Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold; this specimen is 6.45 g.

Catalog reference: Schl. 596. Fr-502, KM 2269.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 23, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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