Chuck H. writes: I have what appears to be two gold coins dated 1915 from the Austria-Hungarian empire…a country that clearly no longer exists as it did back at the turn of the century. I would like to know how I can have these items appraised…museum, coin dealer? I live in Charlotte, NC, is there anyone you might recommend? Thanks.
You didn’t describe the denominations of the coins or their physical size but from the date the coins are restrikes. There are no gold coins from Austria with this date. When bullion coins became popular, Austria reproduced them for use as gold bullion items. They used that date to distinguish between original, numismatically valuable coins and restruck pieces.
You could have a 1 ducat, about the size of a dime, that contains .1106 troy ounces of gold, a 4 ducats, about the size of a silver dollar but very thin, containing .4430 troy ounces of gold or 100 Corona, about the diameter of a 4 ducat but much thicker and containing .9803 troy ounces of gold.
Multiply the above decimals times the gold price to get their approximate market value.