2017 Austria Silver €20 Maria Theresa (Courage and Determination)

2017 Austria Silver €20 Maria Theresa (Courage and Determination)

A brand new series honoring Empress Maria Theresa features the virtues that drove the only female ruler of the Habsburg Empire. This coin features her virtue of Courage and Determination.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains .666 oz of fine Silver.
  • Packaged with a mint box along with a certificate of authenticity.
  • Mintage of only 30,000 coins.
  • Obverse: Features a portrait of the Empress Maria Theresa from a medal by engraver Matthäus Donner (1704-1756)
  • Reverse: Illustrates a combination of images from other historical medals, the dominant one being an armed Minerva symbolizing Maria Theresa's fortitude. This virtue indicates that we was not daunted by the magnitude of her role as Empress of a vast empire.
  • Guaranteed by the Austrian government.

This coin is a fantastic addition to any historic collection. Add this 2017 Austria Silver €20 Maria Theresa Courage and Determination coin to your cart today!

About the Series - Empress Maria Theresa
Celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Empress Maria Theresa in 1717, this four-coin series is based on the four cardinal virtues which drove the only ever female ruler of the Habsburg Empire. Courage, Justice, Clemency and Prudence are combined with four different portraits of the Empress: as a young woman; as a wife alongside her husband, Francis Stephen; as a widow; and with her successor, Joseph. Each coin features an amalgam of original motifs taken from medals issued during Maria Theresa's 40-year reign (1740-1780), is minted in extra bold relief that gives it a special antique look.

About the Coin - Courage and Determination
Unprepared for the role of Empress, Maria Theresa (1717 - 1780) unexpectedly came to power at the age of 23 in 1740. Yet through her courage and determination, the name of the first coin in the series, Empress Maria Theresa stood her ground against the enemies of her Empire.

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800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.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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