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PUMMERIN BELL 300 Anniversary St Stephen Cathedral Wien Silver Coin 5€ Euro Austria 2011


The story of the Pummerin of St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna is as dramatic as the sound of the gigantic bell itself. This exquisite 5 euro silver coin is a delightful memento of the 300th anniversary of one of Austria’s most beloved national icons. Comes in a blister pack featuring information in German and English.

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The Pummerin Bell
Pummerin is the name of the two largest bells in the history of the Stephansdom in Vienna. The Old Pummerin was originally cast in 1705 from 208 of the 300 cannons captured from the Muslim invaders in the Second Turkish Siege of Vienna.
The church bell cost 19,400 florins to cast. Images of St. Joseph, St. Mary as the Immaculate Conception, and St. Leopold adorned the bell. These figures bore the arms of Bohemia, Hungary, the Holy Roman Empire, and Austria.
On December 15, 1711, Bishop Franz Ferdinand Freiherr von Rummel consecrated the bell, which was then installed in the lower part of the high south tower of the cathedral. It rang for the first time on January 26, 1712 to mark the entry of Charles VI to Vienna from Frankfurt after his coronation as Emperor.
It took a quarter-hour for 16 men pulling on the bell rope to swing the heavy bell back-and-forth enough before the clapper would strike. But the forces from swinging the 22,500 kg (49,600 lb) bell endangered the structure of the beloved tower, so in 1878 Friedrich von Schmidt, the cathedral's architect, ordered that it be rung only by pulling its clapper, instead of being swung.

  • CountryAustria
  • Year2011
  • Face Value5 Euro
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)800/1000
  • Weight (g)10
  • Diameter (mm)28.50
  • QualityBU - Brilliant Uncirculated
  • Mintage (pcs)50.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

Originally cast from Turkish cannon balls captured during the siege of Vienna in 1711, the original Pummerin fell from the cathedral tower during a fire in the final days of the Second World War. A hybrid of the original and the new bell that was cast from its shattered pieces is featured hanging from an elaborate cradle on the coin’s reverse. Its home, the unmistakable Gothic and Romanesque St Stephen's, is seen in the background. Characteristic of the standard 5 euro silver coin is its nine-sided shape and the circle of Austrian provincial shields surrounding the denomination on the obverse.
Issued in Special Uncirculated quality to a maximum mintage of 50,000 only, each coin is presented in a transparent capsule within a highly attractive and imaginatively designed blister pack featuring bilingual text in English and German and original photographs illustrating the Pummerin’s eventful life.