Hungarian Gold Masterpieces. Franz Joseph II. 9 Ducats 1896 K-B

The archives of the Budapest Mint contain a treasure trove – not just of coins, but also the tools that made them. For over a century, they have been preserved and protected, and on rare occasions put to use in the making of official mint restrikes. We are offering some recent ones now — all made in severely limited quantities, often even fewer than the originals. All restrikes have the mark of the Budapest Mint. The tools used to make these have been destroyed.
    1896 was an important year for Hungary as it celebrated the millenium of the Magyar conquest and the Hungarian Kingdom. Visitors to Budapest are familiar with the monument to the founders and Heroes Square. Because of their great rarity, everyone is far less familiar with the coins struck to commemorate the event.

This is the largest and most spectacular coin to honor the event.

Franz Joseph II.
Bust of king with orb & sceptre/Madonna and child. Struck to mark the 1,000th year of the Hungarian kingdom. One of the most impressive Hungarian coins.
Content: .986 fine gold
Weight: 30.77 grams
Diameter:42.5 mm
Mintage: 50 pieces

Marked with the mintmark BP (Budapest Mint) and a hallmark for the fineness of the gold.

An original Friedberg # 257 (mintage 100 pcs.) sold at auction for €21,000 (approx. $27,241 ) in May 2013.

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