Austria 1 Corona Silver Coin 1915

This coin has had a rough century (a bit like the Austro Hungarian Empire). I would grade in VG8, but that might be a bit generous.

*Correction: This is a Hungarian, or an AustroHungarian coin, rather than  belonging solely to Austria. I cataloged it incorrectly in the title (but have left it that way so that this correction makes sense). Please see the comments for more information.

On the obverse, it shows the bust of Franz Joseph I of Austria facing to the right and wearing a laurel wreath. The legend wraps from 7:00 to 5:00 and reads “Ferencz Jozsef I * K * A * CS * ES M * H * S * D * O * AP * KIR.”

Austria 1 Corona Silver Coin 1915 Obverse

Austria 1 Corona Silver Coin 1915 Obverse

On the reverse, an Austrian crown is surrounded by an upturned wreath. The crown has a crooked cross on top (canted 45 degrees to the left) and strange ear straps hanging down. The denomination is under the crown and above the wreath “1 Korona” with the date below.

Austria 1 Corona Silver Coin 1915 Reverse

Austria 1 Corona Silver Coin 1915 Reverse

Identification code: Austria KM-2820, minted from 1912-1916

Date: 1915

Mint Mark: n/a (“K.B.” under the bust are the designer’s initials)

Mintage: 23,000,000 (the largest mintage of this series)

Country of origin: Austria

Composition: 83.5% Silver

Size: 22 mm

Weight: 5g (0.1342 oz ASW)

Other details: Unlike other Austrian coins from 1915 (specifically the 1915 gold ducats), the silver bullion issues were not reminted in later years without changing the date. So, the 23M mintage figure is firm.

Estimated Value: $4-5 with silver at ~$33/oz

2 responses to “Austria 1 Corona Silver Coin 1915

  1. TexasCowhand

    This coin is Austro-Hungarian, not Austrian per se. The Hungarians were ruled by the Holy Roman Emperor. Not to get into all the history of HRE election (and Hungarian and Bohemian elected Kings, etc.) or the electors, etc., suffice it to say that the illustrated coin is Hungarian (under the yoke of the HRE Hapsburg of Arustria, as the Hungarians would say). The first and most obvious clue is the crown. With the “bent” cross, it is a dead give away as Hungarian. The second clue is the spelling of Korona with a “K.” The Austrian Corona of the (any) period would be seen to be spelled with a “C.”
    Just my two-bits worth from the south 40. Please note that I would accept correction if I am in any way incorrect in any of the above. 🙂

  2. Thanks – I will make a correction above. I probably have several other coins in my binders mislabeled and will try to correct that as I upload them here.

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