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Austria Francis II Krakow Medal  1796
Austria Francis II Krakow Medal 1796

According to Wikipedia, Francis II was the last Holy Roman Emperor, ruling from 1792 until 1806, when he dissolved the Empire and founded the Austrian Empire. He became Francis I of Austria (Kaiser von ??'sterreich), ruling from 1804 to 1835. His likeness appears on many, many coins.

The particular medal (not a coin) that George owns is a commemorative of a battle at Krakow, Poland involving an area known as Galicia and Lodomeria. Squinting, and scratching your head, you can make out these historical items in the inscriptions: GAL ET LOD (Galicia and Lodomeria), and CRACOVIAE (Krakow), with date XVII AVGVSTI MDCCXCVI (17 August, 1796).

The medal in the picture comes from LanzAuctions in Munich and New York. These medals are difficult to find in well preserved condition; the Lanz example is typical. It sold in 2010 for 90 euros, about $120 US dollars, and this gives an idea of value.

Legal tender coins have a much wider collector following than historical medals like this one. The low demand for medals keeps prices low.

CoinQuest thank Lanz Numismatik for use of their image.

Coin: 13884 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: George, Tue, 12-Mar-2013 04:02:09 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 12-Mar-2013 15:26:35 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Fri, 27-Feb-2015 14:28:04 GMT
Requester description: IMP CAES FRANCISCO II HVNG BOH GAL ET LOD REGI (and a bust of Francis II with a wreath) FIDES GALICIAE SECVNDAE IVREIVR OBSTRICTA CRACOVIAE DIE XVII AVGVSTI MDCCXCVI (Just words, no picture) None
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