The 1915 Gold Austrian 4 Ducat Coin, minted from 98.6% fine gold, offers the discerning buyer their very own private piece of European history. Each coin has an actual gold weight of .4438 ounce. Austria originally commissioned the Ducat series in 1612. However, as the series was officially discontinued in 1914, coins dated 1915 are re-strikes meant to commemorate the illustrious reign of Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria and Apostolic King of Hungary from 1848 until his death in 1916, and his vast empire that once was.
On the obverse side of the coin, an ornate yet severe looking Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I is featured in left-facing profile. Latin script translating partially to "EMPEROR OF AUSTRIA" adorns most of the rim. The reverse side depicts the centered official coat of arms of Austria including the celebrated double-headed eagle. The eagle holds a cross-bearing orb in its left talon, and a sword in its right talon--symbols of imperial power in European iconography dating to the Middle Ages. At the coin's perimeter, encircling the rendering of the coat of arms is a Latin inscription with abbreviations for various territories of the empire "HVNGAR.BOHEM.GAL." followed by the re-strike date "1915" located at the top-center of the coin.
The 1915 Austrian 4 Ducat Gold Coin is majestic, cost-effective piece for those either wishing to add to a budding investment portfolio or a collection of historical significance. Get yours from Gainesville Coins today.