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1 Ducat - Franz Joseph I

Features

Country Austria - Habsburg
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1872-1915
Value 1 Ducat (4.66)
Composition Gold (.986)
Weight 3.49 g
Diameter 20 mm
Thickness 0.8 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
References KM# 2267, Schön# 1
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Obverse

Laureate head of Franz Joseph, facing right,with thick whiskers.

Lettering: FRANC IOS I D G AUSTRIAE IMPERATOR

Engraver: Friedrich Leisek

Reverse

Arms of Austria superimposed upon a crowned double-headed Imperial eagle.

Lettering: HUNGAR BOHEM GAL LOD ILL REX A A 1915

Engraver: Friedrich Leisek

Edge

Reeded

Comments

In the early 20th century, Balkan countries used Austrian ducat coins as bullion reserves. It is widely understood that the various states further marked their bullion supply with small countermarks (a sword for Bosnia, a crown for Bulgaria, a grain ear for Serbia and an eagle for the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes), but those marks are just a designation of a verified fineness of the gold and not "intended to refer to a geographic area".

Some known countermarked dates according to Aleksandar N. Brzić are:

  • 1873 Sword Rare
  • 1882 Sword Common
  • 1884 Sword Rare
  • 1886 Sword Rare
  • 1895 Sword Rare
  • 1897 Sword Rare
  • 1910 Sword Rare
  • 1912 Sword Rare
  • 1913 Sword Common
  • 1914 Sword Common
  • 1915 Sword Very Common


ex VL Nummus  E-live auction 11 Lot 654 © Kettti

Learn more about Yugoslavian countermarks on foreign coins : YUGOSLAV COUNTERMARKS ON AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN GOLD COINS by Aleksandar N. Brzić published in the American Journal of Numismatics (1989-), Vol. 13 (2001), pp. 109-131

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1872  796,140 Shares mintage with 1872 A KM# 2266
1873  515,616
1874  352,729
1875  184,488
1876  679,847
1877  822,508
1878  280,963
1879  361,556
1880  340,912
1881  476,872
1882  389,909
1883  408,639
1884  238,039
1885  257,383
1886  290,705
1887  223,055
1888  308,869
1889  334,788
1890  373,860
1891  324,584
1892  360,841
1893  285,024
1894  292,645
1895  329,569
1896  413,892
1897  256,151
1898  349,590
1899  411,559
1900  360,811
1901  348,621
1902  311,471
1903  380,014
1904  517,118
1905  391,534
1906  491,574
1907  554,205
1908  408,832
1909  366,318
1910  440,424
1911  590,826
1912  494,991
1913  319,926
1914  378,241
1915  131.60 147.89 Restrike
1915  Restrike; error "1951"
1915  146.37 Restrike; Proof

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