• 20 Kreuzer 1806-1814, KM# 2141, Austrian Empire, Francis II & I
  • 20 Kreuzer 1806-1814, KM# 2141, Austrian Empire, Francis II & I
Description

Francis II (1768–1835) was the last Holy Roman Emperor, ruling from 1792 until 6 August 1806, when he dissolved the Holy Roman Empire after the decisive defeat at the hands of the First French Empire led by Napoleon at the Battle of Austerlitz. In 1804, he had founded the Austrian Empire and became Francis I, the first Emperor of Austria, ruling from 1804 to 1835, so later he was named the one and only Doppelkaiser (double emperor) in history. He was also Apostolic King of Hungary and Bohemia as Francis I.

Obverse

Bust of Francis II & I above a mint mark (A, B, C, D, E or G) inside a mirror-like wreath of 2 olive branches.

Legend around: Fransciscus I Dei Gratia Austriae Imperator

AVST•IMPERATOR•
FRANCISCUS I•D•G•
C

Reverse

Depicts Imperial coat of arms (crowned double-headed eagle holding scepter and sword, with marshalled arms of Habsburg, Babenberg and Lorraine displayed on the escutcheon, Order of the Golden Fleece and Imperial Crown), above (value) inside cartouche 20 (Kreuzer) between 2 branches.

Legend and date around: King of Hungary, Bohemia and Galicia, Archduke of Austria, Duke of Lodomeria, Salzburg and Wurzburg

HVN·BOH·GAL·REX·A·A· D·LO·SAL·WIRC·1809·
20

Edge
Characteristics
Material Silver
Fineness 0.583
Weight 6.68 g
Diameter 28 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mints
Karlsburg Mint (E)
Kremnica Mint (B)
Nagybanya Mint (G)
Prague Mint (C)
Salzburg Mint (D)
Vienna Mint (A)

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