AUSTRIA 5 schilling 1936 Madonna of Mariazell 1935


AUSTRIA, FIRST REPUBLIC, 5 schilling, 1936, Obverse: the Madonna of Mariazell, MAGNA MATER AUSTRIAE, 1935, Reverse: national emblem, ÖSTERREICH FÜNF SCHILLING, silver, 36mm, 0.4027 ozT, KM2853, toned XF

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Mariazell is a skiing town in the Styrian Alps. The Basilica is a pilgrimage destination. The Madonna Statue is said to be the source of miracles.

In the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars the old Holy Roman Empire was dissolved and reformulated as the Austro-Hungarian Empire. That political arrangement was held together by force of arms until it was smashed by World War I when the empire was broken into several states. The Austrian national state was annexed by Nazi Germany and was reestablished as an independent nation after World War II.

The political arrangements that resulted in the nations of modern Europe began to emerge out of anarchy starting in the 7th century AD or so. Europe for our purposes stretches from Greenland to somewhere in Russia. Collectors of Europe would likely include Russia. Collectors of Asia even though about 2/3 of Russia is in Asia probably not.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here generally the round flat shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern” though varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies and then they switched over to “modern coins” then they went toward paper money now we’re all going toward digital a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins to which the KM numbers refer.