Five Schilling (Aluminium), Coin Type from Austria - detailed information

Five Schilling (Aluminium), Coin Type from Austria (issued 1952 - 1957)
Coin TypeFive Schilling (Aluminium)

The Five Schilling coin was a circulating denomination of the Austrian Schilling, which 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. This first type of 5 Schilling coins was in aluminium (98.5% aluminium, 1.5% magnesium), but after only two issues it was upgraded to silver - later debased again to CuproNickel (copper-nickel).

Both the reverse and the obverse are designed by Michael Powolny.

The 5 Schilling coins made from aluminium were demonetised on 15 February 1961.

Austria / Five Schilling (Aluminium) - 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 below, divided by the eagle's tail, the date of issue: [year].

Obverse Inscription [year]
Austria / Five Schilling (Aluminium) - reverse photo

Within a crenellated (toothed) border, the reverse of the coin features a large numeral 5 for the value at centre, and the denomination · SCHILLING · around below.

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

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Coin Type: Five Schilling (Aluminium) - (2) Coins
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Five Schilling (Aluminium): Details
CurrencyAustrian Schilling
Sub-type ofFive Schilling
Face Value5 (x Schilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1961)
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size31.0000 mm
Thickness2.3000 mm
Mass4.0000 g