Five Groschen, Coin Type from Austria - detailed information

Five Groschen, Coin Type from Austria (issued 1948 - 1994)
Coin TypeFive Groschen

The Five Groschen was worth 5/100 of a schilling, and was the second smallest circulating denomination in the Austrian Schilling currency after the 1 Groschen was discontinued in 1950.

The Schilling was restored as the currency of the Republic of Austria when the republic itself was restored after World War II in 1945. Between 1947 and 1952, coins in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 groschen; and 1, 2, and 5 schilling were introduced. The 1 and 5 groschen and the first type of 10 groschen were in zinc, which is not very suitable for coinage (it corrodes and wears off fast); however, the denomination was issued in this format in circulation quantities until 1992, and for collectors' sets until 1994.

The reverse of the coin is designed by Adolf Hofmann, and the obverse by Michael Powolny.

Together with all the other Schilling coinage, the 5 Groschen denomination was demonetised after 28 February 2002 when the country changed to the Euro currency.

Obverse
Austria / Five Groschen - obverse photo

Within a plain border, the obverse of the coin features the Coat of Arms of the Republic of Austria, which is an eagle with open wings, crowned with a mural crown (representing a state, and not a monarch), holding a hammer in its left foot (right from the point of view of the viewer) and a sickle in its right foot. Its feet are in shackles, but the chain between them is broken, symbolising a liberated Austria.

On the eagle's breast, the shield of Austria divided into three horizontal stripes representing the national flag, with "heraldic hatching" (thin lines) indicating the colours: red-white-red.

Around the rim, the inscription REPUBLIK · ÖSTERREICH · (Republic of Austria).

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIK · ÖSTERREICH ·
Reverse
Austria / Five Groschen - reverse photo

The reverse shows at its centre a large numeral 5 for the value; around above, the name of the denomination: · GROSCHEN ·.

Below the value, the date of issue: [year].

Around below, a floral decoration of edelweiss flowers.

Reverse Inscription 5 · GROSCHEN · [year]
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Due to the scarcity of coin blanks, some of the first coins struck between 1947 and 1950 were overstamped on war-time German pfennigs of the same size (1, 5 or 10 Groschen on 1, 5 or 10 Pfennigs respectively), and in some cases details of the host coin are still visible.

Coin Type: Five Groschen - (40) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Five Groschen 1948 Austria / Five Groschen 1948 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1948 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 17,269,000
Five Groschen 1950 Austria / Five Groschen 1950 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1950 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 19,426,431
Five Groschen 1951 Austria / Five Groschen 1951 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1951 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 12,454,569
Five Groschen 1953 Austria / Five Groschen 1953 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1953 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 14,931,000
Five Groschen 1955 Austria / Five Groschen 1955 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1955 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 12,288,000
Five Groschen 1957 Austria / Five Groschen 1957 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1957 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 26,809,000
Five Groschen 1961 Austria / Five Groschen 1961 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1961 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 3,429,000
Five Groschen 1962 Austria / Five Groschen 1962 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1962 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 5,999,000
Five Groschen 1963 Austria / Five Groschen 1963 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1963 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 13,293,000
Five Groschen 1964 Austria / Five Groschen 1964 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 4,659,000
Five Groschen 1965 Austria / Five Groschen 1965 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1965 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 1,293,000
Five Groschen 1966 Austria / Five Groschen 1966 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1966 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 9,348,000
Five Groschen 1967 Austria / Five Groschen 1967 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1967 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 4,404,000
Five Groschen 1968 Austria / Five Groschen 1968 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1968 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 31,434,000
Five Groschen 1969 (proof only) Austria / Five Groschen 1969 (proof only) - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1969 (proof only) - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 44,000
Five Groschen 1970 (proof only) Austria / Five Groschen 1970 (proof only) - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1970 (proof only) - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 144,000
Five Groschen 1971 (proof only) Austria / Five Groschen 1971 (proof only) - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 125,000
Five Groschen 1972 Austria / Five Groschen 1972 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1972 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 11,095,000
Five Groschen 1973 Austria / Five Groschen 1973 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 10,456,000
Five Groschen 1974 Austria / Five Groschen 1974 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1974 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 2,998,000
Five Groschen 1975 Austria / Five Groschen 1975 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1975 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 7,153,000
Five Groschen 1976 Austria / Five Groschen 1976 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1976 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 8,124,000
Five Groschen 1977 Austria / Five Groschen 1977 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 1,645,000
Five Groschen 1978 Austria / Five Groschen 1978 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1978 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 2,701,000
Five Groschen 1979 Austria / Five Groschen 1979 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1979 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 4,971,000
Five Groschen 1980 Austria / Five Groschen 1980 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 3,148,000
Five Groschen 1981 Austria / Five Groschen 1981 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 499,000
Five Groschen 1982 Austria / Five Groschen 1982 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1982 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 4,000,000
Five Groschen 1983 Austria / Five Groschen 1983 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 566,000
Five Groschen 1984 Austria / Five Groschen 1984 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 1,053,000
Five Groschen 1985 Austria / Five Groschen 1985 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 1,959,000
Five Groschen 1986 Austria / Five Groschen 1986 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 1,050,000
Five Groschen 1987 Austria / Five Groschen 1987 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1987 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 1,500,000
Five Groschen 1988 Austria / Five Groschen 1988 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1988 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 1,303,000
Five Groschen 1989 Austria / Five Groschen 1989 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1989 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 2,642,000
Five Groschen 1990 Austria / Five Groschen 1990 - reverse photo Austria / Five Groschen 1990 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 2,643,000
Five Groschen 1991 Austria / Five Groschen 1991 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 2,427,000
Five Groschen 1992 Austria / Five Groschen 1992 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 696,000
Five Groschen 1993 (mint sets only) Austria / Five Groschen 1993 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 28,000
Five Groschen 1994 (mint sets only) Austria / Five Groschen 1994 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 25,000
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Five Groschen: Details
CountryAustria
CurrencyAustrian Schilling
From1948
To1994
Face Value5 (x Groschen)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2002)
MaterialZinc
DesignerAdolf Hofmann, Michael Powolny
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size19.0000 mm
Thickness1.5400 mm
Mass2.5000 g