• 25 Euro 2007, KM# 3147, Austria, Silver Niobium Coin, Austrian Aviation
  • 25 Euro 2007, KM# 3147, Austria, Silver Niobium Coin, Austrian Aviation

By 1912 only France held more world flying records than Austria. The beautiful turquoise blue 2007 edition of the 25 euro Silver Niobium series pays tribute to Austria’s magnificent men and their flying machines, as well as to Austria’s contribution to aeronautics.

In 1907, Franz Xaver Wels flew several hundred metres with the kidney-shaped Zanonia glider. Igo Etrich developed the glider into a recognisable airplane called the Taube (the Dove) because of its bird-like wings and tail. With this machine, in 1910 Etrich’s colleague Karl Illner was able to make the first successful motorised flight in Austria, from Wiener Neustadt to Vienna and back.

Each coin contains 9 g of 900 Fine Silver in its outer ring and 6.5 g of 998 pure niobium. Each piece is encapsulated, boxed and comes complete with a numbered certificate guaranteeing its authenticity.


Depicts an interior view of modern cockpit.

A cockpit or flight deck is the area, usually near the front of an aircraft or spacecraft, from which a pilot controls the aircraft. Previously, it was very common to find in the cockpit two pilots, one navigator and one flight engineer.

The cockpit of an aircraft contains flight instruments on an instrument panel, and the controls that enable the pilot to fly the aircraft. In most airliners, a door separates the cockpit from the aircraft cabin. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, all major airlines fortified their cockpits against access by hijackers.

Engraver: Herbert Wähner



At the very top of the niobium "pill" on the reverse is the Etricht Taube, a monoplane aircraft designed by Austrian flight pioneer Igo Etrich (1879–1967) that was first flown in 1910. Below it is an image of the Zanonia, a glider developed by Etrich in 1903 that was inspired by the flying seed of Zanonia microcarpa, a Javanese plant. A portion of one of its wings extends into the silver ring, while a part of the other wing is concealed by an image of Igo Etrich piloting an aircraft and waving, which also extends from the center into the ring. Etrich's signature is shown superimposed over the body of the plane he is flying, as are the initials of Thomas Pesendorfer. Inscribed around the upper rim of the silver ring is the legend "Aviation in Austria".

Ignaz "Igo" Etrich (1879–1967), Austrian flight pioneer, pilot and fixed-wing aircraft developer.

The Etrich Taube, also known by the names of the various later manufacturers who build versions of the type, such as the Rumpler Taube, was a pre-World War I monoplane aircraft. It was the first military aeroplane to be mass-produced in Germany. The Taube was very popular prior to the First World War, and it was also used by the air forces of Italy and Austria-Hungary.

Engraver: Thomas Pesendorfer

Igo Etrich


25 Euro

KM# 3147
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Silver
Center Niobium
Weight 16.5 g
Diameter 34 mm
Thickness 2.55 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Austrian Mint

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