2017 Austria Proof Silver €10 Guardian Angels (Michael)

2017 Austria Proof Silver €10 Guardian Angels (Michael)

A rich blue accent adds regal appeal to this coin depicting the angel Michael, the first release in the Austrian Mint's new Guardian Angel series.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains .4625 oz of Silver.
  • Packaged with a mint box and a certificate of authenticity.
  • Mintage of only 30,000 coins.
  • Obverse: Depicts a sword with a waved blade crossed with a set of scales framed inside the letter "M", which is surrounded by a rich blue grapevine design.
  • Reverse: Features a detail adapted from the famous depiction of Saint Michael slaying the dragon, painted on the altar of the church of Saint Miquel de Soriguerola in Catalonia, Spain.
  • Guaranteed by the Austrian government.

This coin is a fantastic addition to any angel enthusiast's collection. Add this 2017 Austria Proof Silver €10 Guardian Angels Michael coin to your cart today!

From Judaism to Zoroastrianism and from Christianity to Islam, through the ages people of many faiths have looked to angels for protection. Michael, the Protecting Angel is the first coin in the Austrian Mint’s talismanic new four-coin Guardian Angels series, which draws on art history and state-of-the-art color application technology to celebrate these benevolent but invisible beings.

As the leader of the angels, Michael has a particularly devoted following. The leader of the holy legion was the protector of the chosen people of Israel and became patron saint of the Holy Roman Empire after the victorious battle of Lechfeld in 955.

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800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.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.
Customer Reviews of 2017 Austria Proof Silver €10 Guardian Angels (Michael)
2017 Austria Proof Silver €10 Guardian Angels (Michael)
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Handsome design and use of color

By  DBR

from Orange County, CA

5.0

True, the blue is not as vibrant as shown here but a very tasteful use of this technology and design element. Well struck and part of a noteworthy series of Archangels to come.

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)

Nice coin

By  JorEl

from Dallas, TX

4.0

This is a nice coin with classical depiction of Archangel Michael, well-struck and with good detail. The blue accent isn't quite as vibrant as shown in the photo, appearing to me more like a Masonic blue or sky blue. Attractive nonetheless. The direct fit mint capsule was a bit scuffed along the perimeter, and the halo effect around the edge detracted from the coin's presentation. I now have the coin in a capsule with black ring for 32mm coins which provides a better contrasting framing of this attractive coin.

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

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