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1965, Austria. Beautiful Matted Silver "Saturn" Calendar Medal. (UNC!) 25.58gm!

Mint Year: 1965 Mint Place: Vienna (A) Medallist: Köttenstorfer Denomination: Calendar Medal  - Saturn (Annual regent), 1965. Condition: Struck with matted dies, lightly toned in fields, otherwise UNCiruclated in original box of issue! Material: Silver (.900) Weight: 25.58gm Diameter: 40mm

Obverse: Scattered astrology signs with the astrology sign of Saturn in the middle.

Reverse: The Sundays and non-working days of the year incorporated into a decorative design.

Planets in astrology have a meaning different from the astronomical understanding of what a planet is. Before the age of telescopes, the night sky was thought to consist of two very similar components: fixed stars, which remained motionless in relation to each other, and "wandering stars" (Ancient Greek: ἀστέρες πλανῆται asteres planetai), which moved relative to the fixed stars over the course of the year.

The seven classical planets are those easily seen with the naked eye, and were thus known to ancient astrologers. They are the Moon, Mercury, Venus, The Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Sometimes, the Sun and Moon were referred to as "the lights" or the "luminaries". Vesta and Uranus can also just be seen with the naked eye, though no ancient culture appears to have taken note of them. The Classical planets fit neatly into the theories of Aristotle and Ptolemy, they each are part of a Celestial sphere. The order of the Classical planets is determined by the rate of speed. The Moon moves the fastest and so she is considered to form the first celestial sphere above earth. Everything below the moon is part of the sublunary sphere. Mercury moves the second fastest and so he rules the next highest sphere. Next is Venus, who takes about 260 days to revolve around the Sun. Following that is the Sun, then Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

Calendar medals. Medallic items where a calendar (of 12 or 6 months) is incorporated into the design with a theme significant for that year. These items of ephemeral nature are omitted from some national catalogs because of that lack of lasting utility, but that is part of their charm. They are collected because they exist. First issued in the 17th century, hundreds of different designs have been employed to accompany the calendar images. No single nation has monopolized the calendar medal. They have been issued around the world. National mints of Austria, Japan, France â€" and private mints elsewhere â€" are currently issuing calendar medals, often in an on-going series. Themes for these medals have, of course, included Zodiac, astrological symbols, sundials, hour glasses and such time-related devices.

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