Austria 1908 20 corona

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Sincona sale 38, lot 1851
This specimen was lot 1851 in Sincona sale 38 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 650 CHF (about US$780 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Franz Joseph I. 1848-1916 20 Kronen 1908. Wien 60jähriges Regierungsjubiläum. Vorzüglich. (empire of Austria, Francis Joseph, 1848-1916, twenty corona of 1908, on the sixtieth anniversary of his reign. Extremely fine.)"
This gold coin, among the last issued before Austria's suicidal plunge into World War One, commemorated the sixtieth anniversary of the reign of Francis Joseph, emperor of Austria 1848-1916. The Austro-Hungarian empire did not long survive him. Regular twenty coronas were emitted 1909-15, with the 1915 being restruck in large numbers in recent times.

Recorded mintage: 188,000.

Specification: 6.78 g, .900 fine gold, 21 mm diameter, this specimen 6.75 g.

Catalog reference: Schl. 647. Fr-515; KM 2811.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Auction 38, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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