Two Schilling, Coin Type from Austria - detailed information

Two Schilling, Coin Type from Austria (issued 1946 - 1952)
Coin TypeTwo Schilling

The Two Schilling was a circulating denomination of the Austrian Schilling currency, 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 2 Schilling coins were struck in aluminium ( 98.5% aluminium, 1.5% magnesium).

Both sides were designed by Michael Powolny.

The denomination was short lived; there were only three issues between 1946 and 1952, after which time it was discontinued; the coins were demonetised on 29 June 1957.

Obverse
Austria / Two Schilling - 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 / Two Schilling - reverse photo

The reverse shows at its centre a large numeral 2 for the value, below which the denomination SCHILLING, surrounded by a wreath of vines and wheat.

Below, divided by a bunch of grapes hanging from the vine, the date of issue [year].

The border is decorated by a thin interrupted wavy line.

Reverse Inscription 2 SCHILLING [year]
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
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Two Schilling: Details
CountryAustria
CurrencyAustrian Schilling
From1946
To1952
Face Value2 (x Schilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1957)
MaterialAluminium
DesignerMichael Powolny
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.000 mm
Thickness1.960 mm
Mass2.800 g