Krause's Catalog #KM149

Austria - 1809
Tyrolean Insurrection

20 Kreuzer
Obverse - Austria - 20 Kreuzer 1809 Reverse - Austria - 20 Kreuzer 1809
Obverse - A crowned eagle, facing right, wings spread, its head encircled with a wreath.
Legend, TIROL . GEFURSTETE GRAFSCHAFT
Reverse - 20 KREUZER Two crossed branches.
Legend, NACH DEM CONVENTIONS FUSS
Exergue, 1809
Size, 27 mm.
 

In 1805 the ancient Habsburg possession of Tyrol was given to Bavaria by Napoleon as a reward for faithful service rendered. Unfortunately, no one asked the Tyroleans whether they wanted to get traded off to folks they didn't particularly care for. As a result the famous insurrection led by Andreas Hofer took place and Napoleon was forced to send French troops to help his Bavarian allies take possession.

 
This coin comes from the period when Hofer was at his peak of power. It is certainly uncirculated. It must have gone from the minting press straight into someone's collection as personal inspection shows that it is as it was struck.
 
I have another example from the same year and denomination that is circulated. You can easily see the difference by shifting back and forth between them.

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