Francis Joseph I (1848–1916)

Franz Joseph ruled from 1848 to 1916. With such a long reign, many coins were struck with his likeness, some as a young man, some older. Further, there are several denominations of silver and gold coins with Franz Joseph's likeness, and they all have the double-headed imperial eagle on the reverse.

1855-A. Emperor of Austria Franz Joseph (1848-1916) Thaler. Lower Austria, Vienna Mint. DAV-17. Spectacular specimen with lusterous prooflike surfaces likely a result of a very early strike, Seldom found this nice in GEM condition. NGC MS-65.

1856-A. Emperor of Austria Franz Joseph (1848-1916) Thaler. Lower Austria, Vienna Mint. DAV-17. KM-2243.1. Scarce VIRIBUS VNITIS etching on rim. NGC MS-65.

1857-A. Emperor of Austria Franz Joseph (1848-1916) Thaler. Lower Austria, Vienna Mint. DAV-21. GEM in every way with prooflike surfaces. Undergraded in my opinion. NGC MS-65PL.

1857. Austria, Empire. Franz Joseph I. Emperor, 1848-1916. 1857 Southern Railway 2 Thaler. Mint Place: Vienna (A). Engraver: Carl Radnitzky. Silver. 41mm. DAV-20. Herinek: 821. KM-2246.2. Variety. Mintage: 1,644. On 27 July 1857, the Austrian railway company k.k. Südliche Staatsbahn (SStB) completed the construction of Trieste's first railway facilities. On the same day, in the presence of the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I, the new terminal station at Trieste, including its relatively modest original passenger building designed by the engineer Carl Ritter von Ghega was officially opened. The inclusion of Trieste in the main axis of the Austrian Südbahn generated an economic upswing in the largest and most important port city ruled by the Austrian monarchy, and strengthened its position in the Habsburg Empire. The present day rail network of the city of Trieste is based, for the most part, upon railway lines constructed by the former Austrian Empire. 


Scarce type with a very low total mintage of which a few have survived in this select premium quality. Iridescent piece with outstanding eye appeal and undergraded. NGC PR-63.

1865-A. Austria. Emperor of Austria Franz Joseph (1848-1916) 2 Thaler. Vienna mint. DAV-23. KM-2249. Mintage: 7,425. Obv: Laureate head right. Rev: Crowned imperial double eagle. With definite eye appeal, this immense multiple Taler features the laureate head of Franz Joseph and the representative crowned, double-headed eagle upon the reverse. The surfaces are beautifully styled, with bold central detail heightened by the collection of charcoal color at the edges, and only mild handling observed throughout the fields. Rarely offered at the Mint State level, and an exciting opportunity as such. PCGS MS-62.

1865-E. Emperor of Austria Franz Joseph (1848-1916) Thaler. Karlsburg Mint. DAV-26. Herinek 479. KM-2244. One of the nicest in existance. Just luster and detail all over. PCGS MS-66.

1870. Franz Joseph as Emperor of Austria (1848-1916) Double Florin. Vienna Mint. KM-2232. DAV-27. Lightly toned with superb reflectivity. Very rare in Proof Cameo. Superb eye appeal. NGC PF-66 Cameo.

1884. Franz Joseph as Emperor of Austria (1848-1916) Double Florin. Vienna Mint. KM-2233. DAV-27. Mintage: 87,000. An extraordinary example of this type with remarkable Prooflike surfaces. Superb eye appeal. NGC MS 65 PL. 

1875. AUSTRIA. Franz Joseph (1848-1916) Pribram Gulden (Florin). 29mm, 12.31gr. J. 365; Müseler 6/44. Y-17. KMX-M2. Rare commemorative marking the exploration of the Adalbert mine in Přibram reaching 1000 meters depth. Mintage of 8,000. Obv: Laureate head right. Rev: Slovak commemorative legend surrounds wreath UPOMINKA NA DOSAZENOU KOLMOU HLOUBKU 1000 METRU, with same in German equivalent in wreath. Edge shows the standard coinage motto, incuse VIRIBVS VNITIS - By United Strengths. Magnificent luster for this key coin of the entire Austrian commemorative series. PCGS MS-66+, likely the finest known.

1879. Austria. 2 Florin/Gulden. 36mm, 24.69gr. Franz Joseph I. Vienna mint. Dav-31; KM-XM5. KM-2233. Thun-464. Commemorating the 25th wedding anniversary of Franz Joseph I of Austria to Elizabeth of Bavaria. Mintage: 275,000. PCGS MS-66.

The rapid development of towns and town society in the second half of 19th century brought upon a rich social life. Its essential part were various fellowships and associations. Shooting associations count to the most prestigious ones and used to group together people interested in sport shooting. The shooting associations were organized in country shooting unions. An essential social event in 1879 was the foundation of Austrian state shooting club in Vienna. The prestige of annual union gatherings, so-called shootings, was directly derived from the social status of attendees and the shooters' reputation. Valuable rewards were prepared for the attendees, just as high financial rewards for winners in shooting disciplines. Besides tea and coffee sets and golden wrist watches, medals in various sizes and from various metals were also popular commemoration objects. The choice of size and material was to indicate the social prestige and various sport achievements of the attendees. The number of minted medals usually corresponded with the number of awarded persons, the rest of medals was used as giveaways to important persons and institutions. For instance, the last three large silver medals from Olomouc shooting of 1884 the union's board gave off to the union treasury chamber, the historical museum in Olomouc and the emperor. Shooting medals immediately became popular collectional objects for their rarity and have stayed until the present time.

1868. Austria, Franz Joseph I. 3rd German Federal Shooting Festival in Vienna. Shooting Thaler (1 Feinthaler). Designer: Seidan. DAV-28, KM-XM8; Thun-46. Vienna Mint. Obv: Wreathed and togate female allegorical figure, shouldering fasces and hanging a shield with a double-headed imperial eagle on an oak-tree. Designer´s signature (SEIDAN) below ground. Legend: WIR WOLLEN SEIN EIN EINIG VOLK VON BRÜDERN ("We (the German nations of the Empire) want to be united people of brothers!"). Rev: Imperial crown above nimbate double-headed eagle with shield of Vienna at chest. Legend: III DEUTSCHES BUNDES (1 Fthlr) SCHIESSEN WIEN 1868 ("3rd German Federal (1 Fine Thaler) Shooting Vienna 1868"). PCGS MS-65.

1880. Austria. Emperor Franz Joseph I (1848 – 1916) 2 Florin. Vienna Mint. 36mm. Engraver Anton Scharff. DAV-32. KM-XM6. Peltzer, 1932; Hauser 5101; Thun 465. Frühwald 1911. Steulm. P.125, 1; ANK 55; 1911.Struck to commemorate the First Federal Shooting Festival On the occasion of the Austrian Confederation in Vienna, 1880. Obv: Crowned Double Eagle in Coat of Arms. Rev. Standing city goddess, Vindobona, with flag and coat of arms next to the sitting Austria. Lightly-patinated surfaces accented by iridescent hues of turquoise and amber residing within the reverse motifs. Intricately-designed and with undeniable eye-appeal, endlessly collectible at this Gem level of preservation. PCGS MS-65.

1885. Emperor Franz Joseph I (1848-1916) 2 Gulden. 36mm. 22.28g. Commemorative issue for the 2nd Austrian Federal Marksmanship Shooting Festival at Innsbruck. Vienna Mint. Horsky-6309. Peltzer-1879. Design: A. Scharff and A. Busson. Obv: Emperor Maximilian I crowned as the winner in Tyrolean hunting dress, crossbow on the right shoulder. Rev: Coat of arms, double eagle. Superb iridescent toning with lots of underlying luster. NGC MS-66.

In 1896, the Hungarians commemorated the thousandth anniversary of the arrival of hungarian tribes to the Carpathian (Pannonian) basin. To this millenium belongs (besides monumental celebrations of the Hungarian nation) a group of some exceptional and very heterogeneous commemoration medals. These strikes immitate some notable historical strikes (e.g. Denar of St. Stephen, Andrew II., Groschen or Goldgulden of Charles Robert or Thaler of St. George or Ferdinand I., occurring as a golden 9 Ducat struck as well).

HUNGARY. 1896-KB Taler. X-13; Herinek-1106. Fruhwald 2205. Adamo KE11.1, Moravec 214. Resembling the Emperor Ferdinand I (1526-1564) design. Millenium coinage for the celebration of the 1000 years for the conquest of Hungary. Obv: Half-length bust right holding orb and sceptre. Rev: Madonna and child above shield.  Original strike. 100 pieces minted. Superbly toned matte gem, an extremely rare type and one of the finest surviving examples. NGC MS-65.

1896. Hungary. Franz Joseph I. (1848-1916) Millennium George's Thaler. Kremnitz Mint. 45 mm . 26.78 g. Frühwald: 2206, Herinek 1107. Adamo KE11, Moravec 215. Mz .: 348, Gohl: N.K.1904.S.65, Tower: 897, Millenium coinage for the millennium celebration of the conquest of Hungary, applying Christian Hermann Roth designs depicting St. George slaying the dragon. Obv: Av: S: GEORGIVS • EQVITVM • PATRONVS • dragonfighting St. George's horse right, bottom of the year 1896. Rev: Rv: IN TEMPESTATE • SECVRITAS * in a sailboat storm, sleeping Jesus and the twelve apostles. Scarce with mintage of 100 pieces. NGC AU-55.

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