A 1915 1 Ducat gold coin from Austria. The obverse side of the coin features Franz Joseph I, emperor of Austria-Hungary from 1848-1916. The reverse side of the coin features the imperial eagle of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Franz Joseph presided over an era of rising nationalism in Europe and the complex interweaving of diplomatic alliances that would ultimately result in World War I. The emperor's life was marked by personal tragedy - his brother was executed, his wife was assassinated, and his son committed suicide. It was his son's suicide that led to the Archduke Franz Ferdinand (who he loathed) becoming his heir, and it was Franz Ferdinand's assassination by Serbian nationalists that sparked WWI.
These gold coins are in Mint State condition, with no wear, strong luster and lightly mirrored surfaces. Each coin measures 20mm diameter, weighs 3.5g, and is made of .986 fine gold.
1915 Austria 1 Ducat
A gold coin of Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria-Hungary from 1848-1916
20mm diameter (slightly larger than a dime), 4.5g weight, .986 fine gold
Mint State condition - no wear and strong luster
1915 restrike produced by the Austrian mint