2012-2016 Austria 9-Coin Silver Piece by Piece Proof Set

2012-2016 Austria 9-Coin Silver Piece by Piece Proof Set

Each of the 9 coins in this set represents a different province in Austria and features a delightful design by school-age children.

Set Highlights:

  • Contains a total of 4.4366 oz of .925 fine Silver.
  • Contains 9 coins: Oberösterreich, Vienna, Burgenland, Salzburg, Tyrol, Vorarlberg, Niederösterreich, Steiermark-Styria, Carinthia-Kärnten.
  • Each coin is in a capsule and displayed in a collector case with individual certificates of authenticity.
  • Obverse: Features a scene specific to each region of Austria.
  • Reverse: Includes a drawing designed by an Austrian student.
  • Guaranteed by the Austrian Mint.

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A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words. That's why when we set about finding out exactly what Austria means to its people we decided that the simplest and best way to do so was to ask our junior citizens to draw it for us.

The response was terrific. Our charming ten-coin Austria Piece by Piece series is a testament to the talent of all the 9 to 10 year olds from the nine different provinces of Austria who entered our nationwide competition to draw their home province.

By the end of 2016 the winning design for each of the nine provinces of Austria will be immortalized on the reverse of the 10 euro Silver coin celebrating that province. These will be complemented on the obverse with a depiction, expertly crafted by our world-renowned coin designers, of a UNESCO World Heritage site or a manifestation of “intangible” cultural heritage in the form of ancient traditions from each province. The series will be crowned with a final coin depicting Austria in its entirety.

In 1194, Richard the Lionheart paid 12 tons of Silver to Duke Leopold V of Austria to secure his freedom from a year of incarceration. This act unintentionally laid the foundation for the Austrian Mint, as Duke Leopold had coins struck from Richard the Lionheart’s ransom. In doing so, Leopold set in motion more than 800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.

The Vienna Mint was originally situated near Hoher Merkt and later at various locations in Vienna. Since the first half of the 19th century, the mint has been housed in Heumarkt in central Vienna, where coins are still struck to this day. Minting facilities opened throughout Austria until 1918 when the Republic of Austria was formed and the Vienna Principal Mint became the singular minting facility. In 1989, the name officially changed to the Austrian Mint and became a subsidiary of the Austrian National Bank.

One of the Austrian Mint’s most recognized coins is the Maria Teresa Thaler, which is not simply a famous Silver coin, but one that boasts the greatest number minted. Another prime example of the mint’s international success is the Gold Philharmonic, one of the most popular Gold bullion coins worldwide. The Gold Philharmonic has played a vital role in developing the Austrian Mint into a highly successful company. The Austrian Mint’s beautifully crafted coins are minted in the heart of Vienna and are sought after by investors and collectors around the world.

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