Gold coin 10 francs /4 florins (Münze Österreich)
A golden franc, also called florin, is better known to the public as Austrian Guilder. Originally, it was crafted as silver coin widely used in Latin monetary union since 1865. The union, consisting of France, Belgium, Italy and Switzerland, aimed to standardize common currencies. Afterward, it was joined by Greece, Serbia, Spain, Bulgaria and Romania.
Even though Austria never took part in this union, they crafted impressive gold coins, called guilders. Their intention was to align the weight and clarity of Austrian gold coins with currencies of other countries. There were two versions of the gold coins, 4 and 8 guilders. They were crafted until 1892 when they were replaced with crowns. This is the reason that the newly crafted coins, known as the restrike, have this year printed, along with the Austrian coat of arms and “Imperium Austriacum” engraved on the back of each coin. On the face of the coin is Emperor Frances Joseph’s portrait, who ruled the Austrian Hungarian Monarchy from 1848 until 1916. A 4 guilder gold coin had worth of 10 francs or 4 florins.
Austrian mint Münze Österreich is owned by the Central Austrian bank. It is one of the oldest mints in the world. Historically, it was first mentioned in 1371, but the actual history is about two centuries longer. There is an interesting story about its beginnings. On his way back from the Crusades, Richard the Lionheart was apprehended in Austria (due to a prior offence towards Duke Leopold V). Richard paid 15 tons of silver in ransom. Leopold decided to use that silver to make coins, thus starting the first mint business in Vienna. Along with coins, Münze Österreich produces Austrian euro coins, as well as commemorative medals. Goldman Graff is their official partner in Croatia.