Europe Taler Worlds Largest Silver Coin
Canada may have the
largest Gold coin, but the Austrian Mint has
just released the Worlds Largest Silver Coin,
the Europe Talar. Weighing in at 20.08 kg (aprox.
44 lbs.), and with a diameter of 36 cm (14
inches); it is big!
The obverse of the taler features a classic look
and corresponds to the time of Maximilian in
1508. It shows the newly crowned emperor mounted
in armour on a horse; in his hand he holds a
banner with the imperial symbol, the double
The reverse has a more contemporary look and
depicts a montage of famous europeans including
religious icon Martin Luther, and continuing
with composer Antonio Vivaldi, inventor James
Watt and Nobel Peace prize winner Bertha von
The Europe Talar will be limited to Special
Orders. Prices have not been announced yet.
However, Region Hall-Wattens and the Austrain
Mint have set up a website for additional
information on the Europe Talar in addition to
offering a collectors version of the coin,
weighing in a at 120 grams of fine silver with a
diameter of 6cm. The collectors coins will cost
€ 108.– + VAT.
Visit the website at http://www.europataler.at
This new site also provides some background on
the Europe Talar.
The design of the coin and the realization of
the coin images originate from the medallion
maker Herbert Wähner, who is also very
well-known in expert circles. The packaging of
the “silver giant” will be produced by the Hall
master wood turner Werner Nuding from 500-year
old wood from Castle Hasegg, which was unearthed
during renovations in 2007.
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