What is this: Austria/Hungary coin or medal/fantasy piece?

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by stldanceartist, Nov 29, 2022.

  1. stldanceartist

    stldanceartist Minister of Silly Walks Supporter

    Friend of mine brought this by, said he found it down in Bimini (Bahamas). I can't find a date or denomination, but I can read the ruler as Franz Joseph / Austria / Imperator.

    Item is about the size of a dime and is heavily worn (most likely due to sand.)

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  3. Hiddendragon

    Hiddendragon World coin collector

    Is it an Austrian florin? Circa 1870s or so?
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  4. stldanceartist

    stldanceartist Minister of Silly Walks Supporter

    It's the size of a dime (so not a florin) and the stars around the reverse (which you can't really tell from my cell phone photo, unfortunately - just around 5 pm) should be text (at least on every other example I could find in the Krause.)

    It would be great if I could see a date, or a denomination...but that side is so worn I'm not sure I'll be able to attribute it without someone saying, "I've seen that before." :)
  5. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    I'm no expert on this series [or any other] but..
    my gut says fantasy piece
  6. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    Thats hard to say, the heavy polishing could have and probably has moved the necessary details.
  7. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    I'm not familiar with this, but first impression leaves me feeling like it was a cast for jewelry. It must have some value as the chain has worm most of the post away, so I think someone wore it for a long time.
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  8. Jaelus

    Jaelus The Hungarian Antiquarian Supporter

    It's a miniature fantasy piece based on the design of the large gold 4 ducat (Austrian issue).

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