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Emitent: Narodowy Bank Austrii
Stan zachowania monet: I (menniczy)

Srebrna moneta kolekcjonerska o tematyce marynistycznej oraz urzekającym, bogatym w detale i dopracowanym w szczegółach projekcie.
Seria:"Austria on the High Seas" 

Kraj: Austria
Emitent: Narodowy Bank Austrii 
Producent: Austrian Mint
Stan zachowania monet: I (menniczy)
Nominał: 20 Euro (20 €)
Srebro: Ag 900
Stempel: lustrzany
Rant: gładki
Średnica: 34,00 mm
Waga: 18 g
Nakład: 50.000 szt.
Rok emisji: 2004 r.
W zestawie: srebrna moneta kolekcjonerska w kapsule ochronnej i etui, indywidualnie numerowany certyfikat autentyczności !

Urzekająca detalami moneta wchodząca w skład kolekcji 6 srebrnych monet kolekcjonerskich o nominale 20 Euro "Austria on the High Seas".

Ciekawa tematyka marynistyczna i urzekająca precyzją wykonania moneta o stosunkowo niskim nakładzie z renomowanej mennicy o ponad 800 - letniej tradycji numizmatycznej!

W skład kolekcji wchodzą następujące monety:
  • 20 Euro, S.M.S. Novara, 2004
  • 20 Euro, S.M.S. archduke Ferdinand Max, 2004
  • 20 Euro, Admiral Tegetthoff-The Polar Expedition, 2005
  • 20 Euro, S.M.S. Sankt Georg, 2005
  • 20 Euro, The Austrian Merchant Navy, 2006
  • 20 Euro, S.M.S. Viribus Unitis, 2006

20 Euro x 6, Austria on the High Seas, 2004-2006

20 Euro, S.M.S. Novara, 2004

First day of issue: June 16, 2004

The obverse shows the frigate S.M.S. Novara under full sail in Chinese waters during her circumnavigation of the globe in 1857-1859. The Novara was the first Austrian (and first German-speaking) ship to circumnavigate the world. It was also the last ship of the line to do so under sail. In the background one can see the Chinese coast and a Chinese junk under sail. Seagulls, always a sign of the proximity of land, circle the ship.

From the stern flutters the red-white-red flag of the imperial navy. On the reverse is a double portrait of Archduke Ferdinand Max, the naval commander-in-chief and the initiator of the voyage, and of Commodore Bernhard von Wüllerstorf-Urbair, who commanded the Novara on her voyage of circumnavigation. Before them on the table is a large ship.s globe and instruments of navigation, along with a microscope indicating the scientific nature of the mission.

20 Euro, S.M.S. archduke Ferdinand Max, 2004

First day of issue: September 15, 2004

The obverse shows the armoured frigate S.M.S. Ferdinand Max under full steam. Like all the early steam ships she still bore three masts and sails. On the stern the Austrian naval ensingn flutters in the wind, while atop the mizzenmast one can see the admiral's flag.

The ship was named for the naval commander-in-chief and brother of the Emperor, Archduke Ferdinand Max. In the historic Battle of Lissa of 1866 Rear-Admiral William Tegetthoff chose her as his flagship.

The reverse shows Rear-Admiral Tegetthoff himself after a painting by Anton Romako, standing on the bridge of the S.M.S. Erzherzog Ferdinand Max during the Battle of Lissa. Before him four sailors struggle with the wheel to bring the ship into position to ram the Italian flagship Rè d'Italia. The inscription reads "Admiral Wilhelm von Tegetthoff".

20 Euro, Admiral Tegetthoff-The Polar Expedition, 2005

First day of issue: June 8, 2005

The obverse side shows the 220 ton sailing ship "Admiral Tegetthoff", which was especially constructed in Bremerhaven (Germany) for the Austro-Hungarian polar expedition. It was fitted with a steam engine to enable it to sail independently of winds. Thomas Pesendorfer, chief engraver of the Austrian Mint, has depicted the ship at the beginning of the expedition as the "Tegetthoff" enters the icy waters of the Arctic Circle.

The ship soon became frozen fast in ice drifts, from which neither sail nor steam could free them. The ship was named after Austria's most famous admiral, Wilhelm von Tegetthoff, who had died on 7th March, 1871, just a year before. The expedition was led by naval commander, Karl Weyprecht, and infantry first lieutenant, Julius von Payer.

The reverse side shows the two explorers in Arctic gear in the midst of the icy landsacpe of "Kaiser Franz Joseph Land", which they had discovered to the north of Russia. Behind them is the frozen ship which they had to eventually abandon and strike out across the ice and snow to try to reach the open sea. In three open boats they finally reached the Russian island of Nowaja Semlja where they were picked up and could make their way home.

20 Euro, S.M.S. Sankt Georg, 2005

First day of issue: September 14, 2005

The obverse shows the armoured cruiser S.M.S. Sankt Georg sailing into New York Harbour on 17th May, 1907. Together with the smaller S.M.S. Aspern she was representing Austria-Hungary at the celebrations for the 300th anniversary of the founding of the original British settlement at Jamestown (named after King James I) in Virginia.

With flags flying the Sankt Georg steams into the harbour past the Statue of Liberty - that landmark of New York which was a gift from France and which still welcomes all travellers to the New World today. It was to be the last visit of an Austrian naval vessel in the U.S.A.

The reverse side shows the naval arsenal of Pola, the principal naval base of the Austro-Hungarian navy since the middle of the 19th century. Here one sees the Olive Island in the harbour with its two characteristic covered construction docks, where the Sankt Georg was built between 1901 and 1903. The stern and the propellers can be clearly seen.

In the foreground a steam lauch sails by. The Sankt Georg was the last of the great armoured cruisers before the era of the dreadnoughts dawned, and she occupied a correspondingly important place in the fleet. During the First World War the Sankt Georg was regarded with respect by the Entente commanders.

20 Euro, The Austrian Merchant Navy, 2006

First day of issue: June 7, 2006

The principal port for the Austrian merchant navy in the Adriatic was the harbour city of Trieste. It was from here that most of the freight and passenger ships under the red-white-red flag sailed out into the world at large.

Trieste was home to many shipping companies and ship building yards, including the Austrian Lloyd (known today as Lloyd Triestino) and the Austro-Americana (today the Cosulich Line). The obverse shows the largest and fastest of the Austro-Americana liners, the Kaiser Franz Joseph I, as she sails out of Trieste. In the background we see the Lloyd ship Brünn arriving in port and the impressive maritime buildings lining the foreshore.

The reverse side gives a bird's eye view of the port of Trieste, which had belonged to Austria since 1382. In the foreground on the right is the old coat-of-arms of the city in the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The view of the harbour is taken from the square in front of the railway station along the Riva (the street along the harbour front) past the moles or piers running out into the harbour down to the Laterna, the lighthouse at the end of the Molo S. Teresa. The harbour itself is full of steamships and sailing ships at anchor or tied to the docks.

20 Euro, S.M.S. Viribus Unitis, 2006

First day of issue: September 13, 2006

This silver coin concludes the popular six-coin series .Austria on the High Seas. The obverse side shows the flagship Viribus Unitis under full steam as seen from the deck of an accompanying ship in the fleet. Two ships of an older class may be glimpsed in the background.

The reverse side is a tribute to the old Imperial Navy, showing a battleship (the Viribus Unitis itself) bearing down on us, while a naval bi-plane circles overhead and a submarine surfaces in the foreground.

Two officers stand upon the tower and the old Imperial Ensign flutters from its mast. Thus the coin commemorates not only the ship Viribus Unitis, but also the three main arms of the Austro-Hungarian Navy in the First World War.

źródło: Austrian Mint / Wikipedia

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