4 Ducat - Franz Joseph I


Country Austria - Habsburg
Emperor Franz Joseph (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
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)


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


Engraver: Conrad Lange


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

Engraver: Josef Schmitt




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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Year Mintage G 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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