I was in Washington D.C. this past week, and among the (many) highlights was an exhibit called "Stories on Money" at the National Museum on American History.
I don't know if somene else has commented here on that exhibit or not ... or if anyone else has seen it (I am thinking ladieboy is not so far away?)
In the ongoing effort to help keep this coin & paper money chatting place alive, el Heron
will 'report' 5 coins acquired recently. At the very least this might give some 'regulares' some-
thing to read whilst waiting for incoming questions regarding coins & paper money. Quizas?
Five Austrian Coins issued during the years of the Holy Roman Empire:
Austria Poltura Copper dated 1765. 29.5mm dia.
This coin is not a 'new' addition for the issuing authorities list. It was acquired because
it is an upgrade of a coin owned for many years. Plus it was 'cheep'.
Maria Theresa Portrait.
Madonna & Child.
A relatively common coin and certainly not scarce or 'rare'. But a fun upgrade to the Copper
coin accumulation. Actually none of these 5 coins would be scarce or rare.
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Austrian Burgau. This is not a 'new' addition of an issuing authority.
A coin denominated 1/48 Thaler and the reason for acquisition.
On Obverse is nice rendition of Burgau coat of arms.
On Reverse is this:
[Researching at NGC shows this to also be rated 2 & 1/2 Kreuzer.]
A coin of Billon, although to Heron it looks Copper. If there is any silver innit, must be
a very small percentage. [Opinion]. Coin measures 18.5mm, and is round -mostly.
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Austrian Carinthia Pfennig Silver 1553. A new addition to the list of Holy Roman
Empire 'states'. This coin is Uniface. Arms and date shown.
This coin is oblong, not round. Coin measures 14mm X 12.5mm. Picture in the mind
a rectangle with the two long 'sides' sorda slightly bulging outwards. Grade is Fine.
Carinthia was a Margraviate starting in 778.
Became a Duchy in 976.
Became property of the Habsburgers 1335.
Part of the HRE until the dissolution of the HRE.
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Austria - Vienna: Kreuzer Silver dated 1700. This is a 'new' addition to HRE collection.
This coin is interesting because it is identified by the design shown on the chest of eagle
coat of arms. This design makes this a coin of the Duchy Wien.
This coin is also listed on the Deutscher coin 'site' as 'Haus Habsburg Wien 1700 Kreuzer'.
Coin has portrait of Leopold I on Obverse and measures 17mm dia. Grade VF.
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Austrian Tyrol Holy Roman Empire issue. A 'new' issuing authority added to the 'list'...
This is a 10 Kreuzer 1778 Silver coin measuring 25mm dia. A good sized Silver coin with
portrait of Maria Theresa on Obverse and 'arms' on Reverse.
In 1363 Tyrol area was acquired by the Habsburgs.
In 1493 Tyrol became a 'Princely County'.
In 1512 became a member of the 'Austrian Circle'.
In 1583 member of the Holy Roman Empire Council of Princes.
Dissolved when HRE was dissolved.
Now a Landeshauptmann and part of Austria. Most of it anyhow.
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Another 5 HRE coin additions with 3 being 'new' issuing authorities.
The HRE, German States, Austrian Provinces, Swiss Cantons, and
Italian Provinces coin total is now somewhere around 173.
Some rainy day Heron will attempt another 'count' of these interesting items.
In the meantime, the count of 173 is very close.
Yes, coin collecting is super fun and can last a lifetime. Regards,
Wikitpedia list of states HRE.
Wikitpedia for various 'provinces'.