An 1892 8 Florin/20 Francs dual denomination gold coin from Austria. This coin is in Mint State condition, with no wear but strong luster. This is a modern restrike. This listing is for the exact coin pictured.
These coins were struck in a unique dual denomination in order to establish a clear exchange rate and better facilitate trade between Austria and France, using the florin denomination of Austria and the francs denomination of France. The obverse side of the coin features Franz Joseph I, emperor of Austria-Hungary from 1848-1916. The reverse side of the coin features the imperial eagle of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Franz Joseph presided over an era of rising nationalism in Europe and the complex interweaving of diplomatic alliances that would ultimately result in World War I. The emperor's life was marked by personal tragedy - his brother was executed, his wife was assassinated, and his son committed suicide. It was his son's suicide that led to the Archduke Franz Ferdinand (who he loathed) becoming his heir, and it was Franz Ferdinand's assassination by Serbian nationalists that sparked WWI.
Specifications: The coin measures 21mm in diameter, weighs 6.45g, and is made of .900 fine gold. The coin will be shipped in a archival-quality Mylar flip, secured in a corrugated cardboard safety mailer. This listing is for the exact coin pictured. Free shipping via USPS First Class - arrives in 2-5 business days.
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