This splendid coin (an
Austrian 20 Kreuzer) is dated 1805 and some bright spark has had it mounted in
silver adorned with what we believe to be garnets (well who puts glass into a
silver mount eh?) or possibly rubies (dream on).
The assay mark is Chester (rare!) 1902
All you need is a heaving and
ample bosom on which to pin it.
The small print
The coin is quite well worn (and indeed would be better worn
if you were wearing it) and is not in mint condition. The lettering reads Franc.II.(that is Francis
II – the then king) D.G.ROM (not to be confused with CD Rom) ET HAER.AUST.IMP.
GER.HUN.BOH.REX.AA.(emperor of Austria,
king of Germany, Hungary and Bohemia and member of the AA) D.LOTH.VEN.SAL
There is a B under the bust – this is the mint mark – it
means it was coined in Kremnitz in Hungary – (about as silly as post
codes eh – why not put K?)
The even smaller print
Basically in good condition
but we think there may be a couple of small sections of the silver filigree
missing. Also if you look carefully at
the photo there is also a broken chain – could be fixed..
* Okay, okay we know the world is heaving with pedants who
will delight in giving us chapter and verse. So to save them the trouble here
is what it actually means (more or less)
Francis II, by the grace of God Emperor of the Romans and hereditary
Emperor of Austria, King of Germany, Hungary and Bohemia, Archduke of Austria,
Duke of Lorraine, Venice and Salzburg.
The title ‘Emperor of the Romans’ was abolished with the official dissolution
of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, following the Battle of Austerlitz in December 1805. This was
to prevent Napoleon who was doing rather well at the time from taking the title
MK UZ an OFFA