Austrian 25 Euro, Bi-Metallic Coins
2000 Communications (not pictured)
2001 Transportation, 100-Schilling
The obverse of the coin shows a depiction of a V8
engine designed in Austria. The inscription in the silver
ring reads: ”Republik Österreich 100 Schilling".  The
reverse has a design of four major types of
transportation: the airplane, the truck, the automobile
and the train.  All four are moving towards the viewer
from a distant point, symbolizing speed and
development.  Below is the date “2001”.  
2003 700 Jahre Stadt Hall in Tirol, 25-Euro
This coin commemorates the city charter which was granted to the town of Hall
in Tyrol 700 years ago.  The city of Hall has a special relationship to the
Austrian Mint because it, too, housed an important mint until 1809, when the
dangers of the Napoleonic Wars forced its closure.  It was at Hall in 1486 that
the first large silver coin was struck, the "Guldiner" which was the forerunner of
the Taler and so of the Dollar.  Today Hall is renowned not only for its well
preserved mediaeval town core, but for its minting museum in Castle Hasegg.
Indeed the great Mint Tower is the best known landmark of Hall.

The obverse shows a satellite (a reference to the use of niobium in the space industry) mapping the town of Hall from
outer space. The design continues onto the silver ring of the coin.  The reverse side shows the Guldiner silver coin of
1486, but with a difference.  The design is negative and represents a coining die, a reference to Hall’s history as an
important center for minting coins. This coin is bi-metallic with a Silver outer ring and a center (pill) made of Niobium.  This
metal, or rather element, was discovered in 1801 and was originally called “Columbium”.  It is increasingly employed in the
space industry.  With special treatment the surface layers of Niobium can be made to change color.  The coin is 34mm in
diameter.

This coin continues the bi-metallic series consisting of the 2000 Communications (not pictured) and the 2001
Transportation coins.
2004 150 Jahre Semmeringbahn, 25-Euro
The core (pill) of the 2004 issue is composed of Niobium and is a vivid green and
the outside (ring) is silver in color.  It celebrates the 150th anniversary of the
establishment of the Alpine railway, the Semmering.  The coin depicts a historical
as well as a modern locomotive on the obverse and a typical Semmering
panorama on the reverse.  A steam engine is shown emerging from a tunnel
which crosses one of the characteristic viaducts bridging a deep valley.  The
green color of the Niobium core reflects the land through which the train travels.
It has a limited mintage of 50,000 pieces and is struck in proof quality only.  It has a diameter of 34 mm and contains 9
grams of 900 fine silver in the outer ring. The core consists of 7.15 grams of pure niobium.  
2005 - 50 Years of Television
This 25 euro bi-metallic commemorative coin is struck with a 0.900 fine Silver
outer ring and a Niobium core that this year has a purple colour.

The obverse, or official side of the coin has “Republik Oesterreich” and 25 euros
struck in the outer Silver ring, while the inner purple Niobium core depicts the
original “test” pattern that was used in the 1950’s for calibration and focusing a
television.
The test pattern developed by an artistic group known as “Institut der Rundfunktechnik” (Institute of Radio Technology) was
shown at the beginning of the broadcast day and then again just prior to the broadcaster signing off at the end of the day.
In the last few years the test pattern has become a bit of a funky art object.

On the reverse of the coin one can see a portion of the globe in the background on the purple Niobium core and in the
foreground the small television antenna or so called “rabbit ears” that were required by all early analog television sets to
receive the broadcast signal.

In the outer Silver ring, several milestones from the history of television are depicted: a television set from the 1950’s, a
television camera from the 1970’s, a family making use of a remote control, a control room at a television station leading to
three satellite dishes on the continuum to today’s world of high definition digital television.  On the lower right hand side of
the outer Silver ring are the words “50 Jahre Fernsehen,” (50 Years Television.)


Up to the end of the 1960’s television was a social activity for many.  People would gather around a television set in pubs
and other public places, even at a neighbour’s home, especially if they had a particularly nice television set.

The time had begun when entertainment, made for TV shows and sporting events broadcast live on television cleared the
streets.  Some shows became fixed times in the everyday lives of Austrians.  Shows such as “Club 2” an intellectual talk
show, the political program “Stadtgespraeche” and “In eigener Sache” a general public’s ombudsman hosted by Helmut Zilk.
Today most Austrians regularly watch “Zeit im Bild” the daily news program.

Today, journalism and how television sets are used, has changed tremendously, the popularity of television and the hold it
has on the majority of the population remains strong.  Over 91% of Austrians declare television as their favourite past time.
On average in 2003, 161 minutes each day were spent in front of a television set.
Austrian Coins,
Medals & Tokens
The engine side was designed by Thomas Pesendorfer  and the vehicle side was designed by
Andreas Zanaschka.  It was released January 24, 2001, and is 34mm in diameter.  The outer ring
is 0.900 Silver and the core (pill) is Titanium.