World War I did more to redraw the map of Europe than any other event. Before the war started, three vast empires dominated Central and Eastern Europe: the Hohenzollerns in Germany, the Hapsburgs in Austria-Hungary and the Romanovs in Russia. By the end of the war, all three had vanished like dust in the wind.
Germany’s obnoxious and combative Kaiser Wilhelm II had abdicated shortly before the war ended, bringing the curtain down on the Second Reich and Imperial Germany. The oldest grandchild of Great Britain’s Queen Victoria, he was seen as a militaristic warmonger and was blamed by many for causing the war.
One of the defeated Central Powers of WWI, Austria-Hungary was dismembered and carved up into several countries, that today include Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Serbia among others. Its last emperor, Charles I, was dethroned and exiled to Switzerland.
Though Russia fought on the victorious Allied side, she was knocked out of the war and spiraled into anarchy culminating in the 1917 Russian Revolution that saw Czar Nicholas II abdicate his throne and the Communist Bolsheviks seize power. Once in control, the Bolsheviks had Nicholas and his entire family murdered.
This Twilight of Empires Silver Collection features the last silver coins from each of those vanished kingdoms. It includes a German Silver Half Mark dated between 1905 and 1919, a Hungarian Silver One Corona from 1892 to 1915, and a Russian Silver 15 Kopeks dated between 1867 and 1917. Plus, each comes in Very Good to Very Fine (VG–VF) condition.
Over the last century, most of these vintage silver coins have been lost, melted or worn out. Here’s your chance to get all three at once. Each collection is housed in a deluxe wooden presentation case and includes a detailed storycard. The winds of war blew these coins away – now you can retrieve them for your vintage coin collection! Dates vary.