2012 Austria Proof Silver €10 Piece by Piece (Carinthia-Kärnten)

2012 Austria Proof Silver €10 Piece by Piece (Carinthia-Kärnten)

A land of lakes, mountains and summer sunshine, the province of Carinthia is featured in all its beauty on the delightful second 10 euro silver coin in the "Austria by its Children" series.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains .4758 oz of fine Silver.
  • Each coin comes in a capsule, mint box and includes a certificate of authenticity.
  • Mintage of just 30,000 coins.
  • Obverse: Depicts an example of Carinthia’s intangible cultural heritage, as recognized by UNESCO, in the shape of falconry.
  • Reverse: Features the nine provinces of Austria sharing a border with Slovenia in the south of the country.
  • Guaranteed by the Austrian Mint.

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Minted and packed at the Austrian Mint, this beautiful coin is the fruit of the very highest production standards.

Carinthia is home to numerous bilingual schools, which is why ten-year-old Philip Ogris chose to place the name of his home province in both German and Slovenian at the bottom of his competition-winning design on the coin’s reverse.

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800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.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