4 Ducat - Franz Joseph I

Features

Country Austria - Habsburg
Emperor Franz Joseph I (1848-1916)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1852-1859
Value 4 Ducat (18.66)
Currency Austro-Hungarian gulden (1754-1857)
Composition Gold (.986)
Weight 13.9636 g
Diameter 39.5 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized Yes
References KM# 2271
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Obverse

Laureate portrait facing right, mint mark below bust, legend around (starts 8h).

Lettering:
FRANC.IOS.I.D.G.AVSTRIAE IMPERATOR
A

Translation: Franz Joseph I, by the grace of God, Austrian Emperor

Engraver: Conrad Lange

Reverse

Crowned double headed imperial eagle with Habsburg Lorraine arms, value below in a frame, legend around (starts 1h).

Lettering: HVNG.BOH.LOMB ET VEN. (4) GAL.LOD.ILL.REX.A.A. date

Translation: King of Lombardy and Venetia, Dalmatia, Galicia and Lodomeria, Illyria, Archduke of Austria.

Engraver: Josef Schmitt

Edge

Reeded

Comments

There are known 2 different variants of the early years of Vienna 4 Ducats (1854, 1855). The variants differ in two basic signs: laureate wreath on the emperor’s head and the end of the emperor’s mantle.
1. Laureate wreath on the emperor’s head without fruits and the end of the mantle with one fold:

2. Laureate wreath on the emperor’s head with fruits and the end of the mantle with multiple folds:

The mantle is a little shorter with the year 1855, so the mantle variant with multiple folds looks a little different:

Photos courtesy of Macho & Chlapovič

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1852 A KM#2271.1
1853 A KM#2271.1
1854 A KM#2271.1
1854 A KM#2271.2 (without berries)
1855 A KM#2271.1
1855 A KM#2271.2 (without berries)
1856 A KM#2271.1
1857 A KM#2271.1 Mintage shared with 1858 A
1857 V KM#2271.2 (without berries)
1858 A 25,245 KM#2271.1
1859 A 13,129 KM#2271.1

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