Description

The first coin in the Austrian Mint’s innovative Silver Niobium 25 Euro series, 700 Years of Hall in Tyrol ingeniously introduces the two elements that combine to set this unique series apart from the rest.

The coin commemorates the charter granted over 700 years ago to the town of Hall in the Tyrol, where the first large silver coin, the Guldiner, was struck in 1486.

Hall in Tyrol is a town in the Innsbruck-Land district of Tyrol, Austria. Located at an altitude of 574 m, about 5 km (3 mi) east of the state's capital Innsbruck in the Inn valley, it has a population of about 13,000 (Jan 2013). In the 15th and 16th century, Hall was one of the most important towns in the Habsburg Empire. This period saw the construction of many of the churches, monasteries and convents that still shape the appearance of the town. Today Hall has the biggest intact old town in the western part of Austria.

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

Obverse

A relatively new find only discovered in 1801, niobium plays an important role in the space industry, something acknowledged on the coin’s obverse, where a satellite maps the town of Hall from space.

Earth observation satellites are satellites specifically designed for Earth observation from orbit, similar to spy satellites but intended for non-military uses such as environmental monitoring, meteorology, map making etc.

Engraver: H. Wähner

REPUBLIK
ÖSTERREICH
25
EURO
HALL
IN
TIROL
2003
H.WAHNER

Reverse

Depicts the Guldiner silver coin of 1486, but with a difference. The design is negative and represents a coining die, a reference to Hall’s history as an important centre for minting coins. This is the first time a coin die has been reproduced on a coin, adding to the unique character of this most unusual issue.

The Guldengroschen was a large silver coin originally minted in Tirol in 1486. The Guldengroschen's name comes from the fact that it has an equivalent denomination value in silver relative to that of the goldgulden (60 kreuzer). In 1484, small numbers of "half guldengroschens" valued at 30 kreuzer were issued. This was a revolutionary leap in denomination from the smaller pieces, and surpassed even the large testones of Italy which were the highest weight coins in use. Finally in 1486 the full sized guldengroschen of 60 kreuzers was put into circulation and it was soon nicknamed "guldiner". For a long time thereafter such coins were also called "unciales" because their actual silver weight was very nearly one ounce.

Engraver: H. Andexlinger

· 700 JAHRE ·
STADT HALL IN TIROL

Edge

25 Euro

KM# 3101
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Silver
Center Niobium
Weight 17.15 g
Diameter 34 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Austrian Mint

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