Anyone up for a challenge? (maybe those in Germany/Austria)

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  1. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    As someone that collects the Austrian niobium and silver bimetallic coins, I was surprised to learn there is another related item to that collection.

    In 2005, there was a medal made with a mintage of 15,000. It celebrated 50 years of the Austrian State Treaty (which reestablished Austria as a sovereign state). I've been looking for one of these (as well as any additional information about it) but haven't found much. There are some optimistically priced examples on European websites and I've seen a few more reasonable sales (under $100).

    Does anyone know more about these? If you live in Germany or Austria, are these easily available there?


    Learn more about the niobium series here:
    https://coinweek.com/world-coins/co...ian-mints-25-euro-niobium-silver-coin-series/

    Here is the image of the medal in question (as well as links to where I found the picture and info):
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    https://numismatik.eu/Ag-Medaille-2005-Staatsvertrag-pp

    https://www.ma-shops.com/frank/item.php?id=3854
     
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  3. bugi1976

    bugi1976 Member

    never ever heard about this
     
  4. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    Might be quite the challenge as I've learned. :p
     
  5. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    Down the road I will want the 1 coin with the butterfly on it, because 1 of my topical/themed coin collections is "coins with insects".
     
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  6. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    I actually like thee other side better with the realistic bee. I do not have any coins made from silver-niobium.

    microcosm-niobium_rev.jpg
    microcosm-niobium_obv.jpg
     
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  7. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    I have an extra of those (I bought a few originally). However, eBay might be the cheaper route. Occasionally you can find it for a good price (I've seen a few sell for under issue price-which is fairly unusual for this series in general).
     
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  8. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    @Seattlite86 or @Eduard maybe one of you might have some info (although I don't think either of you focuses on modern items)?

    @chrisild I recall mentioned collecting some of the niobium coins
     
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  9. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    I don't do modern stuff so much, but a quick MaShops search shows a decent number of these available for purchase: https://www.ma-shops.de/shops/search.php?submitBtn=&searchstr=Niobium&catid=1148
    4 of those are the 2005 coin you are discussing, for around $100. If you need help purchasing from Ma-Shops.com, I'm happy to help. So is @ma-shops and any other collector of European coins :)
     
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  10. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    I did look there and what they have is the 2005 25 Euro coin, which looks like this:
    3CA26F08-BDA0-4942-95EC-F35B9C1AC92F.jpeg

    What I’m looking for is the 2005 medal that looks like this:
    161C292C-48FD-468E-B500-ADA06AD5DA91.jpeg
     
  11. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter**

    Sorry, my friend, I really know nothing about these. As you mentioned, when it comes to German numismatics my focus is 18th/19th century.
     
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  12. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    Anyone know any online dealers from Germany or Austria that have moderns?
     
  13. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    I know some dealers in France. If you PM me, I can give you their email addresses. Otherwise, heres the medal you asked about:

    https://www.ma-shops.com/halbedel/item.php?id=12772

    Only one I could find.
     
  14. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    I saw that one but the price is way too optimistic. I saw one sold on MA Shops for 35 Euro and from the limited info I can find, around $125 is the max that I'd be willing to go (and that might be more than it's worth).

    https://www.ma-shops.com/frank/item.php?id=3854

    And sure I'd like to hear the French dealers if you want to send me a message on here. Thank you!
     
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    goossen Senior Member

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  16. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    Thank you! I found that one too while searching German eBay. It’s still too pricey for me, but the price is better than the other example I found.

    And I have learned the trick to search for “niob” over the years of collecting the Austrian niobium series. I have all of those already, so this is the last niobium item I’m looking for.
     
  17. Hermann Watzlawik

    Hermann Watzlawik Active Member

    here another source:
    https://www.ebay.de/itm/333613539718
    and the dealer may accept a lower price than 135 EUR. And as he is only delivering to Germany, I could maybe help you there
     
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  18. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    My budget was $100-$125 (so around 105 EUR) with shipping to the US. If you believe that is possible, I would certainly appreciate any help!
     
  19. Hermann Watzlawik

    Hermann Watzlawik Active Member

    Hi ddddd, I made a request to the seller for 100 and asked him if he would also sending it directly to the US. Now we have to wait for 24 hours.
     
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  20. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    Thank you!
     
  21. Hermann Watzlawik

    Hermann Watzlawik Active Member

    I just got the answer, he is not accepting 100 EUR, but willing to send to the US if the buyer pays for it. So maybe you can contact him yourself. Good luck
     
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