2012 Austria Silver €20 Lauriacum Proof

2012 Austria Silver €20 Lauriacum Proof

Lauriacum is the penultimate coin in the six-coin Rome on the Danube series. This marvellous 20 euro silver coin celebrates both historical moments in the wonderfully intricate fashion typical of this splendid series. Mintage of just 50,000 coins (ASW 0.5209 oz)!
Superbly struck in Proof quality with a maximum mintage of 50,000 pieces, each coin comes in a protective transparent acrylic capsule and a presentation box containing a numbered certificate of authenticity.

Christian Emperor Gratianus, who visited Lauriacum in AD 378, is depicted in profile on the coin’s obverse. Behind him stands St Florian, the patron saint of Austrian firefighters, holding a flag, a millstone and a palm of martyrdom. A Roman military commander, Florian refused to renounce his Christianity during Christian purges in AD 304 and paid the ultimate price when he was drowned in the River Enns at Lauriacum, which can be seen in the background of the coin’s reverse. In the foreground, a Roman ‘agrimensor’, or surveyor, involved in the construction of a bridge takes measurements with the help of a ‘groma’, while his plans and other geometrical tools lie on a table at his side.

For those keen to complete the whole six-coin collection a superb wooden case is also available for purchase.

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800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.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