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Started by <k>, March 12, 2011, 04:36:30 PM
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Quote from: coffeetime on March 12, 2011, 05:28:17 PMAs recently as 1937, modern Austria had a double-headed eagle on a two schilling coin. After World War 2, the eagle only had one head (see 10 schilling, 1991). Did the Allies chop one head off as a punishment, I wonder?
Quote from: chrisild on March 12, 2011, 06:30:48 PMAfter WW2, Austria went back to the eagle of the First Republic; the only element added was the broken chain. That represents the new freedom of the country.Christian
Quote from: chrisild on March 12, 2011, 06:30:48 PMNot sure whether the two-headed eagle has always implied a "duality". Initially it simply meant a higher rank or status ("if an eagle means power, two eagles mean more power"), I think. Later it usually referred to various dual systems - king and emperor, east and west, etc.
Quote from: coffeetime on March 12, 2011, 07:14:57 PMThough the Soviets remained in their occupation zone of Austria until 1955, I believe.