Austrian Silver - 5 Shillings (1961)

After a brief visit to Russia, today's silver coin takes us to another European country, Austria!

This is a relatively recent piece, a 5 schilling from 1961:

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Front side is pretty plain, some dude on a horse or something. Apparently, it's:

A Lipizzaner horse with its rider from the Spanish Court Riding School.

The lipizzaner is a horse breed from back the 16th century for which you can learn more by clicking [here]. It has a really interesting history and almost went extinct a few times ! The front side also reads "REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH" for republic of Austria, the originating country of the coin. Duh!

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The other side is pretty plain too, featuring the minting date, coin value and the The Austrian escutcheon.

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The edge is reeded with no letters or other fancy stuff.

In regards to composition, this little fella is 5.2 g of 0.640 and 0.360 copper. That's 3.328 of silver. Not great , not terrible 😅

Here's a size comparison with a standard 50 cents euro coin:

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All in all a pretty basic and quite common silver coin. I got mine for just 2 euros, a price close to spot, making it imo a great pick if you want to build a stack!

Here's some more quick specs about the coin from numista:

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Stack on!

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You received an upvote of 94% from Precious the Silver Mermaid!

Thank you for contributing more great content to the #SilverGoldStackers tag.
You have created a Precious Gem!

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First,I like the way you describe the coins
" After a brief visit to Russia"

In my opinion, the coin is just bland

Nothing intriguing tho

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Another excellent coin from Austria. It is so good for collecting, stacked together is quite valuable !

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It looks really nice but kind of old

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It's actually a camel...

Oh, and the front side is plain cuz that's how Austrians are. Plain, simple and boring.

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Well, Austria has some sexy coins as well. :) 😉
cc

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The second coin in the last picture looks like one bronze coin with a bald Nigerian colonial Master. When are you giving me a bit of your wealth?

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This coin deserves an upvote from Austria ;)

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Haha tanks! You for any of those babes?

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I have a few of them, just because I used them as actual currency in my childhood (not the silver version but there was an identical version without silver), up until the Euro came. Nostalgia!

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Looking beautiful with those collection 👍👍

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Eleftherios Venizelos, the old man, took office of the Prime Minister 8 time during his entire life. wow!

The horse is a Lipizzaner stallion, a pure white breed, that are trained to dance like camels in UAE or maybe differently, but they do.

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Simple but looks hush.. ;)

!PIZZA

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Nice horse dude. But the other guy. Holy shit, what a cutie!

looks like some villain :D

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I'm more into silver coins with birds than horses but either way its precious silver, we can't lose and it ain't just horse feed. ;)

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I need to get me some of those so I can be chillin counting shilling

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Near where I grew up there is a place that still breeds those kind of horses. But I'm not much of a horse guy because sadles are freaking uncomfortable for your balls

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Good thing you have no balls then!

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it's true you can't see them because of the hairy jungle down there but they do exist

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I think there is a much cooler coin to get, something I have kept on the back burner, dream coin of sorts. A 2009 200 Zlotych coin of the 17th Century Polish Winged Hussars.

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Australia silver coin chilling differently in view

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It might be a bit plain but it's still silver regardless. Are you able to get silver easily under the spot price? If not, then I think you still got a good deal.

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Under spot is really rare, in most cases you have to pay at least a 10% premium

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This caught my attention. It almost feels like magic until you realize it. Or am I the only dumbo here? xD

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Realize what? Lmao

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That this pic is upside down. xD

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And why is it magic? 😂

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It looked like the coin is hanging on the wood not placed on it. Then I realized the picture was upside down. Dummy me. xD

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