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EUROPEAN COUNTRIES SILVER AND GOLD HALLMARKS
AUSTRIA
A silver or gold object that is to be sold commercially is, in most countries, stamped with one or more hallmarks indicating the purity of the metal and the mark of the manufacturer or silversmith
The word "HALLMARK" derives from the fact that, since the 16th century, precious metals were sent to the London Goldsmiths' Hall for testing to ensure that the correct standard of silver had been used. The Goldsmiths' Hall was the headquarters of the Goldsmiths' Company and the home of the Assay Office.
In some countries, the testing of precious metal objects and marking of purity is controlled by a national assay office.
Depending on the national legislation the use of hallmarks may be compulsory, voluntary or provided by a manufacturer's declaration.
The present Austrian hallmarking system is organized under the manufacturer's responsibility for marking the purity of silver.

Independent Republic of Austria was established after WWI and collapse of Austro-Hungarian Empire. A compulsory system of hallmarking for precious metal made in Austria was approved in 1921. In 1922 a corresponding system (modified in 1925) was activated for imported metals.
The compulsory hallmarking system was abolished in 2001.
AUSTRIAN SILVER HALLMARKS 1922-2001
Austrian silver hallmarks: 1922-2001
Austrian silver hallmarks: 1922-2001: 935/1000 fineness Austrian silver hallmarks: 1922-2001: 900/1000 fineness Austrian silver hallmarks: 1922-2001: 835/1000 fineness Austrian silver hallmarks: 1922-1943: 800/1000 fineness Austrian silver hallmarks: 1922-2001: 800/1000 fineness


Regional Assay Offices codes: W Vienna (1938-2001) - Vienna (1922-1943) - Vienna (1922-2001) - B Wolfort (1963-2001) - D Dorbin ( (1969-1983) - F Feldkirch (1965-1969) - G Graz (1922-2001) - J Innsbruck (1922-2001) - K Klagenfurt (1922-1987) - L Linz (1922-2001) - N Wiener-Neustadt (1922-1935) - S Salzburg (1922-2001)
Austrian silver hallmarks: 1954-2001: 925/1000 fineness Austrian silver hallmarks: 1922-2001: 900/1000 fineness Austrian silver hallmarks: 1922-1943: 800/1000 fineness Austrian silver hallmarks: 1938-2001: 800/1000 fineness


Slight different marks were used in the period 15.8.1939 - 9.1944 during the German Annexation of Austria (Anschluss)
Austrian silver hallmarks: 1939-1944


IMPORT SILVER HALLMARKS 1922-1925
Austrian silver import hallmarks: 1922-1925


IMPORT SILVER HALLMARKS 1925-2001
Austrian silver import hallmarks: 1925-2001


EXPORT SILVER HALLMARKS 1925-2001
Austrian silver export hallmarks: 1925-2001: 935/1000
Austrian silver export hallmarks: 1925-2001: 800/1000


PRECIOUS METALS MARKS AFTER 2001
After 2001 manufacturers were given the responsibility for precious metals marking. Items were required to be marked with admitted fineness in thousands and two letters identifying the metal:
SILVER: 925 Ag - 900 Ag - 835 Ag - 800 Ag
Austrian silver mark after 2001
GOLD: 986 Au - 900 Au - 750 Au - 585 Au
PLATINUM: 950 Pt

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