Austria 1888 8 florins

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Sincona sale 23, lot 3064
This specimen was lot 3064 in Sincona sale 23 (Zurich, May 2015), where it sold for 275 CHF (about US$346 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"RDR/ÖSTERREICH, Franz Joseph I. 1848-1916 8 Florin-20 Francs 1888. Wien. Vorzüglich-FDC. (Austrian empire, Francis Joseph (1848-1916), eight florin/twenty francs of 1888, Vienna mint, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
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. However, the ducat remained the most produced gold coin until the collapse of the regime in World War One.

Recorded mintage: 114,000.

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

Catalog reference: Schl. 604. 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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