Hungary 1887-KB 8 forint

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Jean Elsen sale 120, lot 1405
Hungary 1887 8 florins rev JElsen 120-1405.jpg
This type was issued for Hungary 1880-90 from the Kremnitz (Komoczbanya in Magyar) mint during the reign of Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria-Hungary. The denomination was struck 1870-92 to match the standard of the French twenty francs d'or. Most dates are common. After the reorganization of the Hapsburg empire into the Dual Monarchy in 1867, Hungary received her own coinage separate from Austrian issues. In the aftermath of World War One, the Hapsburg monarchy collapsed and Hungary became independent but without its former territories in Slovakia, Transylvania and Croatia. This specimen was lot 1405 in Jean Elsen sale 120 (Brussels, March 2014), where it sold for €150 (about US$247 including buyer's fees. The catalog description[1] noted,
"HONGRIE, François Joseph Ier (1848-1916), AV 8 forint/ 20 francs, 1887 KB, Kremnitz. Très Beau. (Hungary, Francis Joseph, 1848-1916, gold eight florins or twenty francs of 1887, Kremnitz mint. Very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: 294,112.

Specification: 6.46 g, .900 fine gold, .187 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Jaeckel-364a, Fr-243, KM 467.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 120, Brussels: Jean Elsen & ses Fils, S.A., 2014.

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