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- ISSUE DATE : 01-01-2002
- DESIGNER : Josef Kaiser>
- DIAMETER : 25,75mm
- WEIGHT : 8,5 grams
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Bertha von Suttner
This coin bears a portrait of the pacifist Bertha von Suttner, a symbol of Austria's efforts over many decades to support peace.
Austrian writer and peace activist who in 1905 became the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize; her novel Die Waffen nieder ("Lay Down Your Arms") depicted the horrors of war and became an influential work for the cause of peace.
The book was published in 37 editions and translated into 12 languages.
She witnessed the foundation of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and called for the establishment of the Austrian Gesellschaft der Friedensfreunde pacifist organization in a 1891 Neue Freie Presse editorial. Suttner became chairwoman and also founded the German Peace Society the next year.