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2016 - Austria 25 € Silver Niobium Time - BU

Producer:Austrian Mint
Catalogue number:ATSB201625
Year:2016
Denomination:25 Euro
Silver Fineness:Ag 900/1000
Alloy:Nb 99,8
Weight:16,5 g
Diameter:34 mm
Author/Designer:Mag. Helmut Andexlinger
Finish:Special Uncirculated
Mintage (pcs):65000
Packaging:capsule, box, certificate
Date of Issue:03/2016
Our price:€ 119,60 inc. of VAT
Availability:on request
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A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIMEKEEPING

The theoretical meaning of time may have long been a major subject of debate among philosophers, physicists and religious figures, but the more practical discipline of its measurement has proved to be less of a mystery. Dedicated to the history of chronometry, the latest ingenious addition to the Austrian Mint’s best-selling two-tone silver niobium coins, ‘Time’ uses its two-tone niobium core and outer silver ring to show a selection of timepieces throughout the ages.

Though hardly the most accurate of chronometers, the sun and moon, which feature on the coin’s reverse, along with an hourglass and watch mechanism, were widely used until the 16th century. It was determined back then that an hour lasts 60 minutes, though time has since been increasingly sub-divided, first into seconds and eventually nanoseconds. This has had the effect of making time ever more precious, with the phrase “time is money“, famously coined by Benjamin Franklin in 1748, being more pertinent today than ever, Standing for lasting value in a fast-moving world, however, the coin shows an old-fashioned clock face in the niobium core and a chronometer in the outer silver ring of its obverse, while the reverse also shows a time spiral and the time in a selection of famous cities. (source: Austrian Mint)

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