Munten, Oostenrijk, 50 Groschen
1970 - Vienna - Proof - UNC- - Aluminum-Bronze
- Land: Oostenrijk
- Nominale waarde: 50 Groschen
- Jaar: 1970
- Atelier: Vienna
- Metaal: Aluminum-Bronze
- Diameter: 19.5
- Geslagen exemplaren: 128000
- EdgeDesc: Reeded
- KM: 2885
Bronze (not to be confused with brass, although usage of the two terms varied in times of yore) is an extremely ancient alloy of copper and tin with origins going back to the period around 2,000 BC. Also known...wait for it...as the Bronze Age (who would have guessed?)
In contrast, the addition of the third wheel, aluminum, is a far more recent development, as the technique for extracting aluminum from bauxite was only perfected in the 19th century.
The proportion of aluminum used for this extremely corrosion-resistant alloy is generally 15%. Small quantities of other materials such as magnesium are also sometimes added.
Its is frequently used for coinage.
An “MS(63)” quality
As in numismatics it is important that the state of conservation of an item be carefully evaluated before it is offered to a discerning collector with a keen eye.
This initially obscure acronym comprising two words describing the state of conservation is explained clearly here:
This means – more prosaically – that it is very unlikely that the coin has circulated, even among few and careful hands. Traces of any manipulations are practically imperceptible and no patina or other form of oxidation has altered the object’s brilliance.