• 50 Euro Cent 2008-2020, KM# 3141, Austria
  • 50 Euro Cent 2008-2020, KM# 3141, Austria
Description

On 7 June 2005, the European Council decided that the common side of the €0.10 to €2 coins should be brought up to date to reflect the enlargement of the EU in 2004. The €0.01, €0.02 and €0.05 coins show Europe in relation to the rest of the world, therefore they remained unchanged. In 2007, the new design was introduced. The design still retains all elements of the original designs but the map of the fifteen states is replaced by one showing the whole of Europe as a continent, without borders, to stress unity.

Obverse

The Vienna Secession building, illustrating the birth of art nouveau in Austria and symbolising the birth of a new age, a bridge to a new monetary era, is encircled by the facial value, heraldic hatchings representing the Austrian flag and the twelve stars of Europe.

The Vienna Secession (German: Wiener Secession; also known as the Union of Austrian Artists, or Vereinigung Bildender Künstler Österreichs) was formed in 1897 by a group of Austrian artists who had resigned from the Association of Austrian Artists, housed in the Vienna Künstlerhaus. This movement included painters, sculptors, and architects. The first president of the Secession was Gustav Klimt, and Rudolf von Alt was made honorary president. Above its entrance of the Vienna Secession building was placed the phrase "Der Zeit ihre Kunst. Der Kunst ihre Freiheit." ("To every age its art. To every art its freedom.").

On the left from the entrance, there was a second motto "Ver Sacrum". Ver Sacrum (meaning "Sacred Spring" in Latin) was the official magazine of the Vienna Secession. Published from 1898 to 1903, it featured drawings and designs in the Jugendstil style along with literary contributions from distinguished writers from across Europe.

Engraver: Josef Kaiser

50 EURO CENT
DER ZEIT IHRE KVNST
DER KVNST IHRE FREIHEIT
VER SACRUM
2010

Reverse

A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the left side of the coin.

12 stars are located on the left side of the outer ring, with six stars atop the map of Europe and six stars below it; six vertical stripes cut across the inner core of the coin, visually connecting the upper and lower star segments.

Luc Luycx, a designer at the Royal Belgian Mint, designed the Euro’s common reverse; his initials, LL, are seen on the right side of the design, just under the “0” in “50.”

50
LL
EURO
CENT

Edge

50 Euro Cent

2nd map
KM# 3141 Schön# 345
Characteristics
Material Nordic Gold
Weight 7.8 g
Diameter 24.25 mm
Thickness 2.38 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Austrian Mint

Related coins

1st map

Nordic Gold, 7.8 g, ⌀ 24.25 mm