Hungary 1889-KB 8 forint

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Jean Elsen sale 105, lot 786
Hungary 1889KB 20 francs rev JElsen 105-786.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 786 in Jean Elsen sale 105 (Brussels, June 2010), where it sold for 160 euro. The catalog description[1] noted,
"HONGRIE, François Joseph Ier (1848-1916), AV 8 forint/ 20 francs, 1889 KB, Kremnitz. presque Superbe." (Hungary, Francis Joseph I, gold 8 forint/20 francs, Kremnitz mint, almost Extremely Fine.)

Recorded mintage: 351,370.

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

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


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 105, Brussels: Jean Elsen, 2010.

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