AUSTRIA 50 schilling 1959 Andreas Hofer Tirol Liberation


AUSTRIA, SECOND REPUBLIC, 50 schilling, 1959, Vienna mint, Obverse: bust of Andreas Hofer facing, TIROLER FREIHEIT 1809 1959,silver, 0.5787 ozT, 150th Anniversary of Liberation of Tirol, KM2888, Unc

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Andreas Hofer was a drover and had an inn that he managed. When Napoleon invaded Hofer became a resistance leader. After several years of back and forth, including his retiring several times, he tried one more armed episode, was captured, given a Napoleonic show trial, and executed in 1810.

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.