One of the most widely used silver coins of the Austro-Hungarian empire is reborn.
The historical Mint of Bratislava (Pressburg) had provided most of the currency used in the Austro-Hungarian empire. One of the more popular silver coins had been the 3-Kreuzer from the reign of emperor Leopold I.
This silver coin is now reborn as a limited 1oz 999 silver medallion in Proof-Like condition.
999/1000 PURE SILVER
This medallion is minted using high-quality, LBMA-certified 1oz 999+/1000 silver blanks.
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Weight (Troy oz) 1
Fineness (% purity) 999+/1000
Diameter (mm) 38
Thickness (mm) 2.8
Proof-Like: 21 000 pcs
Obverse: Portrait of Emperor Leopold I
Inscription: LEOPOLDUS DEI GRATIA ROMANORUM IMPERATOR SEMPER AUGUSTUS GERMANIAE HUNGARIAE BOHEMIAE REX (Leopold, by the Grace of God, Emperor of the Romans, Eternal Augustus, King of Germany, Hungary, and Bohemia)
Reverse: Madonna with Little Jesus
Inscription: PATRONA HUNGARIAE (Patron of Hungary), Year, Mintmaster marks (CHS - Christoph Sigmund Hunger), Mint mark C-H
Parameters of the original historical coin:
Various coins dated 1696 -1698
Weight: approx. 1,5g
HISTORY & FACTS
Historical Pressburg Mint (Bratislava Mint) was one of the mints which belonged to Leopold I. It wasn't in a continuous operation during the long reign of Leopold I, but coins were minted during years 1674-76, 1684-85 and 1695-1700. In last period, Pressburg Mint was led by mint master Christoph Sigmund Hunger. This mint master used mark consisting of a letter C, Hungarian emblem and of joined letters SH. The trademark of the Bratislava Mint was “C-H”(Camera Hungarica).
Coinage technology used for minting of the original coin in 17th century was very progressive at that time.
Rolling machines were used both for sheet metal production as well as for coinage. The rolling machine technology secured the coin's exact positioning on both sides of coin.
Split lettering of the year - e.g. “16-97”, was typical for Pressburg Mint.
The Habsburg lip - a genetic disorder where the lower jaw outgrows the upper, traceable in Habsburg family members is clearly visible on this coin.
In Bratislava, a relatively large number of coins have been minted, but their presence on the numismatic market does not correspond. This is due to a fact, that these coins were mainly intended to pay the troops for the army. The mercenaries, however, often did not come from Hungarian Empire and after war they took their salary home, mostly to territory of today's Germany. There, these coins were melted and their material was used to produce other coins. Thus, only coins that Pressburg Mint used to pay for supplies or wages of mint workers and what mercenaries spent on the territory of Hungary were preserved until today.
With so much coins lost forever, modern Pressburg Mint brings Leopold I. 3-Kreuzer back to life in a new form.