I've been working on this project for several weeks now, involving circulation coins of emperor Joseph II of Habsburg.
Coins of his successors have been very systematically presented in catalogs, including SCWC which clearly divides types. In Joseph II coinage it's also helpful, even more than national catalogs, but since I have found several major inscription varieties I felt need to dig up deeper to see what was exactly minted when and where. I was astonished with number of real types that I found, for instance attached picture represents just 3 types of reverse, which are not made distinct in SCWC.
Joseph's coinage is not nearly as diffuse as it was before his time, equipment was more modern and uniformity has been obeyed, however it seems that some mints did really have more freedom to construct legends.
Of course then I extended my search into 10 kreuzer and lower similar denominations which are much scarcer so likely more varieties exist. Finally, I included high end silvers and coppers where I have found almost no surprises. I did not consider stylistic differences like hair, even sizes of ornaments or variations in legend placings as it would be considered in strict modern coinage disctinction. I'm only interested in real, big types (and subtypes with variations in inscription principles, I denoted them with a,b,c... after number) that should be separated for instance in SCWC or any type catalog.
I concluded that all the catalogs actually have no clue about scarcities when prices are uniform, but auction prices often reflect it. Interestingly how many seemingly easy pieces I couldn't find even mentioned anywhere. I did my best to search all of the internet using keywords in many languages and sweeping through various auction and sell sites to see pictures. Also, it was interested to see how sometimes the same mint produced even 3 types of the same denomination in the very same year.
Below is a list made in excel with types explained through inscriptions. All the coins I managed to see clearly in black, while those missing are highlighted in red. For some coins you'll see the table - it's straightforward - missing cells are unseen coins. I assume at least few does not exist and I have found some really common that do actually exist. Denominations or groups are in different sheets (tabs) at the bottom.
It's open for editing
, so if you have some coins I miss info on, feel free to add it according to the style, but please write a comment with the reference to avoid confusion later. Please, be careful with spelling, after many pieces eyes get tired and you can easily miss the type. Please also provide info for clearly visible coins only to avoid confusions (There are two examples when I was not sure so ? is there)
When the list is done, or nearly done I will compile a neat, more tidy catalog which fits needs of the modern collector and lists issues for each type, paired with pictures from my own collection or various auction sites. No need to say, it will a pdf of course free to download to everyone!
Biggest problem, that would also cut this already done work to a few days only is that I didn't check probably the most detailed catalog of Austrian coins - Herinek
. I would definitely like to own that catalog but if found it costs triple-digit number in euros. If somebody owns a catalog I would appreciate the help with filling out gaps.Excel-style google spreadsheet
At last, I'll just add I hope this will be done, but with our joint force and knowledge