Austrian Groschen Coins
1- 50-Groschen
The gros or its other European variants, the grosso in Italy or the groat in England were multiples of
the denier or penny, worth anywhere between four and twelve deniers depending on where you
were and when.  Gros meant large or thick in contrast to the thin denarii.  In German the suffix
"chen" was added to mean "little", so groschen would mean "little-big".  In modern times, Austria was
the last country to use groschen as a denomination.  The 10 and 50 Groschen coins were minted
through the end of 2001.  100 Groschen equals one Schilling.


1947 One Groschen.  The One Groschen coin is the smallest denomination of Austrian coins.











It is made of Zinc, 17 mm in diameter, weighs 1.80g., and has a smooth edge.  The last One
Groschen Coin (and the only One Groschen of the Second Republic) was first issued April 5, 1948.  
The obverse was designed by Adolf Ludwig Hofmann and the reverse is by Michel Povolny.
1950-1994 Two Groschen.   (1992-1994 only available in Mint Sets)









The obverse design is by Benno Rost and the reverse is by Michael Povolny. The coin is made of Aluminum, 18
mm in diameter, weighs 0.90g and has a smooth edge.  It was first issued July 15, 1950.





1948-1994 Five Groschen.   (1993-1994 only available in Mint Sets)













1947-1949 Ten Groschen.













1951-2001 Ten Groschen Coin.  
 (1999-2001 only available in Mint Sets)














1950, 1951, 1954 Twenty Groschen Coin.  













1946, 1947, 1952, 1955 Fifty Groschen Coin.













1959-2001 The Fifty Groschen Coin.   
(1998-2001 only available in Mint Sets)
Austrian Coins,
Medals & Tokens
The obverse shows "Groschen" at the top, a large
centrally placed numeral "1" with date below, and a
laurel-wreath across the bottom.  

The reverse depicts the eagle of the Austrian Republic
and the words  "Republik Österreich".  The One
Groschen, Five Groschen, Ten Groschen of 1947-1949
and Fifty Groschen of1946-1955 share a common
reverse design.  
The obverse design shows a large numeral "2" in the center with the word
"Groschen" under the numeral.  The numeral and "Groschen" are circled by
pearls.  The Word "Republik Österreich" encircles the perimeter of the coin with the
year of mintage at the bottom.  

The Two Groschen and the Twenty Groschen of 1950-1954 share a common
reverse design, the eagle of the Austrian Republic and it has no lettering.  
The obverse shows a large numeral "5" in the middle with date below.  This is circled
by the word "Groschen" at the top and a laurel-wreath across the bottom. The coin
is made of Zinc, 19 mm in diameter, weighs 2.50g and has a ribbed edge.  The coin
was  first issued June, 17, 1948 and has the same reverse design as the 1947 One
Groschen coin.  The coin is designed after a draft from Adolf Ludwig Hofmann.
The obverse shows a large numeral "10" in the middle with date below.  The ten is
encircled by the word "Groschen" and a flower wreath is across the bottom. This
version of the Ten Groschen Coin is made of Zinc, 21 mm in diameter, weighs
3.50g, and has a smooth edge. It has the same reverse design as the Five
Groschen coin.  The coin was  first issued July, 1, 1947.
The obverse displays the eagle of the Austrian Republic flanked by the numeral
"10" and "Republik Österreich" below.  The reverse displays a large "10" with date
below and "Groschen " around the bottom.

It is Aluminum, 20mm in diameter, weighs 1.10g, and has a smooth edge.  It was
first issued November 27, 1951.  Both the obverse and reverse design is by Hans
Köttenstorfer.  It is interesting to note that this coin has the face value on both
sides of the coin.
The obverse carries the inscription "Republik Österreich" with the numeral "20" in
Austrian Republic and no lettering.  It is made of Copper/Aluminum, is 22 mm in
diameter, weighs 4.5g, and has a smooth edge.  The coin was  first issued
December 23, 1950.
The obverse has the eagle of the Austrian Republic surrounded by "Republik
Österreich".  The reverse has the numeral "50" on a shield with date below, all
surrounded by "Funzig (50) Groschen".  It is made of Aluminum, 22 mm in
diameter, weighs 1.40g, and has a ribbed edge. The coin was  first issued
December 11, 1947.
The obverse displays a large "50" with date below and a small  alpine flower, the
Gentian.  The reverse bears the red-white-red shield of Austria encircled by
"Republik Österreich".  It is Copper/Aluminum (915/85) in composition, 19.5 mm in
diameter, weighs 3.00g, and has a ribbed edge.

It was minted 1959-2001 (1998-2001 only available in Mint Sets) and was
first issued October 1, 1959.  The obverse was designed by Ferdinand Welz and
the reverse design is by Hans Köttenstorfer.