Austria 1880 2 florins Dav-32
This specimen was lot 29330 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description noted, "Franz Joseph I 2 Florin 1880 MS65 PCGS. Struck to commemorate the First Federal Shooting Festival with lightly-patinated surfaces accented by iridescent hues of turquoise and amber residing within the reverse motifs. Intricately-designed and with undeniable eye-appeal, endlessly collectible at this Gem level of preservation." Davenports lists this item as a coin but the SCWC relegates it to their "Unusual World Coins" volume. Earlier two florin pieces were struck 1859-72. Two florins nominally equalled a thaler but the old thalers (1751-1852) were 28.06 g, .833 fine while later thalers (1857-68) were 18.51 g, .900 fine silver. In 1892, the currency was reformed again so that 100 heller = 1 corona. The system collapsed with the regime in the throes of World War One.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 24.69 g, .900 fine silver, .714 troy oz AGW, lettered edge.
Catalog reference: KM-XM6, Dav-32.
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- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.