Two Schilling 1946, Coin from Austria - detailed information

Two Schilling 1946, Coin from Austria (demonetised 1957)
CoinTwo Schilling 1946

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.

MintAustrian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage13,423,000 (13.4 million)
Austria / Two Schilling 1946 - 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 ·
Austria / Two Schilling 1946 - 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 1946.

The border is decorated by a thin interrupted wavy line.

Reverse Inscription 2 SCHILLING 1946
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Two Schilling 1946: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: unknown
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Two Schilling 1946: Details
CurrencyAustrian Schilling
Coin TypeTwo Schilling
SymbolCoat of Arms of Austria
Face Value2 (x Schilling)
Circulation Mintage13,423,000 (13.4 million)
Total Mintage13,423,000 (13.4 million)
CurrentNo; demonetised 1957
DesignerMichael Powolny
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.0000 mm
Thickness1.960 mm
Mass2.8000 g
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Two Schilling 1946: Photos
Two Schilling 1946: Photo Coin, Austria, 2 Schilling 1946 / thumbnail Coin, Austria, 2 Schilling 1946
Two Schilling 1946: Photo Coin, Austria, 2 Schilling 1946 / thumbnail Coin, Austria, 2 Schilling 1946
Two Schilling 1946: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Schön, WeltmünzkatalogSchön# 71
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustria KM# 2872