2011 Austria Gold 100 Euro Crown of St. Wenceslas Proof

2011 Austria Gold 100 Euro Crown of St. Wenceslas Proof

Immortalized in the popular Christmas carol Good King Wenceslas, the Duke of Bohemia became the patron saint of the Czechs following his assassination in AD 935. The crown crafted in his honor is likewise immortalized in this expertly engraved coin.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 1/2 oz of .986 fine Gold.
  • Comes in an attractive box with a certificate of authenticity and includes a replica lapel pin.
  • Obverse: The fourth issue in the House of Habsburg series depicts the fantastic Gold crown resting on a cushion in the depths of the cathedral of St. Vitus in Prague.
  • Reverse: Rudolph II, King of Bohemia, in robes typical of the Renaissance with three of the statues from the Charles Bridge in Prague.
  • Guaranteed by the Austrian Mint.

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800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.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