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2 euro AUSTRIA (2005) 50th Anniversary of the State Treaty

2 euro 2005 State Treaty - Austrian coins
2 euro 2005 State Treaty - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
25.75 mm 8.5 g 2.22 mm Cu75Ni25/Cu75Zn20Ni5
obverse:
In the centre seals and signatures from last two pages of Austrian State Treaty; along the top edge: 50 JAHRE STAATSVERTRAG (50 years of the State Treaty); in the bottom left part year of issue: 2005; in the background Austrian flag; at the edge a ring of twelve five-pointed stars - symbol of the European Union
reverse:
left from the centre face value: 2, on the right inscription: EURO; in the background of the inscription a simplified map of Europe showing borders of countries - members of the EU in 1999; in the background of the map vertically six parallel lines ending on both sides with five-pointed stars (the reverse is common for all euro coins)
edge:
reeded with concave inscription: edge 2 euro
issue date:
11 V 2005
withdrawal date:
still in circulation
designer:
Josef Kaiser, Luc Luycx (initials LL below letter 'O' in EURO on the reverse)
mint:
Münze Österreich (Austrian Mint), Vienna
mintage:
2005 6 880 000
interesting facts:
This coin commemorates 50th anniversary of signing Austrian Independence Treaty.

Austria after the World War II was divided, similarly to Germany, into four occupation zones. Vienna, similarly to Berlin, was divided additionally into four zones as well. Only on May 15, 1955 occupants returned full ruling power to Austrians. The document was signed with seals on two last pages by contemporary ministers of foreign affairs and ambassadors of the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and France as well as by the minister of foreign affairs of Austria - Leopold Figl (with green ink).

Austrian State Treaty
photo: Gettyimages
last update: 5 X 2012

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