Austria 1891 8 florins

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Sincona sale 33, lot 810
This specimen was lot 810 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 350 CHF (about US$420 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Osterreich, Franz Joseph I. 1848-1916. 8 Florin-20 Francs 1891, Wien. Gutes vorzüglich. (empire of Austria-Hungary, Francis Joseph I, 1848-1916, eight florins/twenty francs of 1891, Kremnitz mint. Good 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. However, the ducat remained the most produced gold coin until the collapse of the regime in World War One.

Recorded mintage: 19,000, a better date.

Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold; this specimen is 6.44 g.

Catalog reference: Schl. 608. 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, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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