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

Five Schilling (Silver), Coin Type from Austria (issued 1960 - 1968)
Coin TypeFive Schilling (Silver)

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. The first type of 5 Schilling coins was in aluminium, but after only two issues it was upgraded to silver (64% silver, 36% copper) - later debased again to CuproNickel (copper-nickel).

With the change of composition came also a change of the design. The new reverse was designed by Josef Köblinger, and the obverse by Hans Köttenstorfer.

The 5 Schilling coins made from silver were demonetised on 30 September 1969.

Austria / Five Schilling (Silver) - obverse photo

Within a plain rim, the obverse of the coin features a rearing Lipizzaner horse and its rider, from the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

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

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIK · ÖSTERREICH ·
Austria / Five Schilling (Silver) - reverse photo

Within a plain rim, the reverse of the coin shows the shield from the Coat of Arms of Austria. It is divided horizontally into three parts; the upper and the lower thirds have a background of thin vertical lines, while the centre is plain, which is known as "heraldic hatching" and indicates colour - the vertical lines are for red, and no lines are for white. Thus, it displays the colours of the flag of Austria - red-white-red.

Around below, two olive branches. Above the shield, a large numeral 5 for the value; around above, the denomination SCHILLING.

The date of issue, [year], is small and is divided by the shield.

Reverse Inscription 5 SCHILLING [year]
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Royal Mint
Royal Mint
Five Schilling (Silver): Details
CurrencyAustrian Schilling
Sub-type ofFive Schilling
Face Value5 (x Schilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1969)
Material0.640 Silver
DesignerJosef Köblinger, Hans Köttenstorfer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size23.5000 mm
Thickness1.4000 mm
Mass5.2000 g