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Hasegg Castle, Austria (This is my last castle of Austria. Time for change)

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Hasegg Castle is a castle and mint located in Hall in Tirol, Tyrol, Austria.

Construction was completed soon after 1300, when Hall was rapidly becoming the center of Tyrolean commerce and salt mining. The building was originally erected to protect the salt mines, the shipping industry, the bridge across the river Inn and the old Roman Road.

The castle's mint was established by Sigismund, Archduke of Austria in 1477. The first dollar-size silver coin was struck in 1486: the Guldengroschen.

When Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria had the old mint transferred from the Castle of Sparberegg to Hasegg in 1567, Hall experienced a decisive upswing. Between 1748 and 1768, Hasegg Castle became universally famous for its minting of silver Thalers of which it produced over 17 million specimens. The Thaler, a silver coin used throughout Europe for almost four hundred years, sees its name live on in various currencies as the "dollar" or "tolar".

The mint ceased production in 1806 due to the Napoleonic Wars and the increasing lack of local silver resources.

The mint in Hasegg Castle is a museum now, and open to the general public. Demonstrations of historical minting techniques are given from time to time. The castle itself is an example of early Gothic era Tirolean fortress architecture. The pointed roof of the mint tower is of heavily tarnished copper.

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ladywil

Thank you Robbie. Glad you liked it

Robbiel

A very enjoyable puzzle and very interesting history. Thank you lady!

ladywil

laurajane...thank you
zwan..bedankt

zwan

Mooi kasteel ladywil .

laurajane

Very interesting information, Ladywil! Beautfiul and majestic castle...turned museum.

ladywil

Ze komen wel weer een keertje terug AnneM, maar dan van een ander land

AnneM57

Wel dit is ook weer een prachtig kasteel. Jammer dat dit de laatste is. Ik begrijp het, je moet af en toe eens wat anders, maar ik heb er van genoten. Bedankt.