2009 Austria Gold 100 Euro Archducal Crown of Austria Proof

2009 Austria Gold 100 Euro Archducal Crown of Austria Proof

Affectionately known as the ‘Archduke’s Hat’ due to the red velvet cap in its lining, the Archducal Crown was a symbol of authority never actually used in coronations.This is the second coin in the Crowns of the House of Habsburg series. Minted in 2009, this coin was struck in 986 fine gold, has an agw of .5072 and was made exclusively in Proof quality with a maximum mintage of 30,000 pieces. Each coin comes in an attractive box with a numbered certificate of authenticity as well as a replica lapel pin.

Emperor Rudolf IV invented the title of ‘Archduke’ in an attempt to assert the status of the House of Habsburg as the equal of any Prince Elector of the Holy Roman Empire. The Archduke’s Hat is a diadem of eight golden peaks, three of which can be seen on the coin’s obverse where the crown is shown resting on the cushion of the federal lower states of Austria. The cushion was used to carry the crown into Vienna from its home in the monastery of Klosterneuburg for the ceremony of homage paid by the Estates of Lower Austria on the accession of a new Habsburg ruler. The reverse of the coin depicts the solemn ceremonial procession, with three high-ranking officials carrying the crown, orb and sceptre from the palace to the cathedral through the streets of Vienna.

A prestigious collection case for the whole series of five coins may be purchased separately.

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