AUSTRIA, large bronze medal, 1864


AUSTRIA, medal, 1864, Obverse: head R, CARL . FREIHERR V: SCHEUCHENSTUEL, C. RADITZKY below truncation, Reverse: crowned arms between oak sprays, DEM . TREUEN . FREUNDE DES . BERGWESENS 1864, Edge: plain, bronze, 69mm, 144.8g, few tiny spots, XF-AU

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This is the google translation of the Wikipedia article in German: Scheuchenstuel came from the Carinthian line of the Austrian noble family von Scheuchenstuel. He was a lawyer, k. k. Section Head and Privy Councilor. He was a member of the Leoben district in the Frankfurt National Assembly in 1848. On October 30, 1856, Emperor Franz Joseph I in Vienna raised him to the status of hereditary-Austrian baron.

The mintage was fairly large.

The Vienna mint was really proud of its products in the 19th century. Quality of manufacturing and artistry were top notch. The agency was pleased to take on private orders.

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government, 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending, 3. other things that we are interested in.