2017 Austria Proof Silver €10 Guardian Angels (Gabriel)

2017 Austria Proof Silver €10 Guardian Angels (Gabriel)
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Following the success of the Austrian Mint's Michael coin, the second coin in the Guardian Angels series depicts Gabriel and continues the regal appeal with an ornate grapevine design.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains .4625 oz of Silver.
  • Packaged with a mint box and a certificate of authenticity.
  • Mintage of 30,000 coins.
  • Obverse: Depicts a lily at the center of the coin, which symbolizes Gabriel. The flower is framed by the initial G, which is surrounded by an ornate reddish-color grapevine design.
  • Reverse: Features a detail from a painting by an unknown 15th or 16th century painter believed to belong to the German School. The painting shows Gabriel as a young man with curly hair and a halo, pointing his fingers to the sky, his wings decorated with peacock feathers.
  • 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 Gabriel coin to your cart today!

A being full of surprises, Gabriel is the bringer of good news. In the Koran he is the guardian of the gage to heaven, than angel of revelation and the mediator between God and man. In the New Testament, Gabriel is the bringer of happy news: the angel who told the Virgin Mary that she was with child and that the child should be known as Jesus.

Through the ages and across many faiths, people have looked to angels for protection. honored by Christians, Jews and Muslims alike, these benevolent but invisible spirits have been widely depicted throughout art history. This has been the inspiration for this series, which will include coins honoring Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel.

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800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.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