Twenty Groschen 1954, Coin from Austria - detailed information

Twenty Groschen 1954, Coin from Austria (demonetised 1959)
CoinTwenty Groschen 1954

The Twenty Groschen was worth 20/100 (one fifth) of a schilling, and was a small 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 20 groschen were struck in aluminium-bronze.

The reverse of the coin is designed by Benno Rost, and the obverse by Michael Powolny.

The denomination was short lived; there were only three issues between 1950 and 1954, after which time it was discontinued; the coins were demonetised on 30 April 1959.

MintAustrian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,343,000 (5.3 million)
Austria / Twenty Groschen 1954 - 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.

There is no inscription.

Obverse Inscription (none)
Austria / Twenty Groschen 1954 - reverse photo

The reverse shows at its centre a large numeral 20 [groschen] for the value, below which the date of issue: 1954.

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

Reverse Inscription 20 1954 REPUBLIK · ÖSTERREICH ·
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Twenty Groschen 1954: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: unknown
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Twenty Groschen 1954: Details
CurrencyAustrian Schilling
Coin TypeTwenty Groschen
SymbolCoat of Arms of Austria
Face Value20 (x Groschen)
Circulation Mintage5,343,000 (5.3 million)
Total Mintage5,343,000 (5.3 million)
CurrentNo; demonetised 1959
DesignerBenno Rost, Michael Powolny
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size22.0000 mm
Thickness1.700 mm
Mass4.5000 g
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Twenty Groschen 1954: Photos
Twenty Groschen 1954: Photo Coin, Austria, 20 Groschen 1954 / thumbnail Coin, Austria, 20 Groschen 1954
Twenty Groschen 1954: Photo Coin, Austria, 20 Groschen 1954 / thumbnail Coin, Austria, 20 Groschen 1954
Twenty Groschen 1954: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Schön, WeltmünzkatalogSchön# 68
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustria KM# 2877