The Assassination of the Archduke and the Great War Silver Coin

The Assassination of the Archduke and the Great War Silver Coin

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The Black Hand: ‘The Assassination of the Archduke and The Great War’ Coin – a silver coin issued by Serbia, the country that helped to ignite the Great War.

  • Type: Single
  • Availability: Medium
Price: £ 75

On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the AustroHungarian Empire, paid a state visit to the Bosnian city of Sarajevo. The city had been infiltrated by a secret society known as The Black Hand, which sought independence from the monarchy. When the Archduke came to Sarajevo, the Black Hand saw its opportunity to strike. Their initial assassination attempt failed, until one member, Gavrilo Princip, stumbled out of a bar to find Franz Ferdinand and his wife directly in front of him—their car had gone down the wrong street having fled from the previous assassination attempt. Princip drew his gun and fired two shots, killing both the Archduke and his wife. As a result of the assassination, the monarchy was indeed overthrown, just as The Black Hand wanted—but not before the major European powers would fight the worst and most deadly war the world had ever seen. 

Austro-Hungary declared war on the Serbians, and an array of international treaties bound the European countries together which would accelerate the spread of war.

This silver denar coin was issued by the Kingdom of Serbia that circulated during the Great War. The portrait is of Peter I, the king installed by the Black Hand after the assassination of Alexander I in 1903. To reassure you of the authenticity of your silver coin, a Certificate of Authenticity is included. 

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Price: £ 75
Specifications
Denomination:
Denar
Issued by:
Kingdom of Serbia
Metal:
.835 Silver
Diameter:
22.5mm
Weight:
5g
Obverse:
Peter I Portrait
Reverse:
Crown above value and date within a wreath