Austria 1892 corona

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2837
This specimen was lot 2837 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 500 CHF (about US$597 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Franz Joseph I. 1848-1916 Krone 1892. Wien. Selten. Vorzüglich. (empire of Austria, Francis Joseph I, 1848-1916, corona of 1892, Vienna mint, Rare, Extremely fine.)"
When Bismarck kicked Austria out of Germany after the war of 1866, German and Austrian coins began to diverge. The thaler was abandoned in 1872 for the florin, which in turn was superseded by the corona in 1892. The corona was used through World War One and briefly even after as the truncated republic of Austria tried to organize its affairs. This type, the sole design used except for a commemorative issued in 1908, was struck 1892-1907. A slightly different design (KM 484) was minted in Hungary but both were minted to the same standard, that of the French franc.

Recorded mintage: 235,000, first year of issue and a rare date.

Specification: 5 g, .835 fine silver, this specimen 5.00 g.

Catalog reference: KM 2804, Herinek 785. Jaeckel 376.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 43: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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