2013 Austria Silver/Niobium €25 Tunnelbau BU

2013 Austria Silver/Niobium €25 Tunnelbau BU

One of the most mountainous countries in Europe, Austria has played a vital role in the development of tunnels. The 2013 addition to the 25 euro Silver Niobium series pays homage to Austria’s long and influential contribution to tunnel construction.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 9 grams of .900 fine silver (ASW 0.26045) in its outer ring and nearly 7 grams of .998 pure niobium.
  • Each coin is encapsulated, boxed and comes complete with a numbered certificate guaranteeing its authenticity.
  • Mintage of only 65,000 Uncirculated pieces.
  • Obverse: A present-day tunnel boring machine features in the niobium pill of the coin’s obverse, its rotating motion symbolized by three arrows. The outer silver ring shows the mountains through which the machine pierces.
  • Reverse: The coins reverse makes excellent use of the niobium pill to show one of the many road tunnels that pepper Austria’s alpine landscape today, while a tunnel worker uses a pneumatic drill to loosen rock in the silver ring alongside the word “Tunnelbau” (tunnel construction).
  • Certified by the Austrian Mint.

This Silver/Niobium coin would be a great addition to any coin collection or an ideal gift for a loved one. Add this 2013 Austria Silver/Niobium €25 Tunnelbau BU coin to your cart today!

Opened in 1848, the vertex tunnel of the Semmering railway was the world’s first alpine tunnel. The ‘New Austrian Tunnelling Method’, which uses the geographical stress of surrounding rock to strengthen a tunnel, was developed from 1957 to 1965 and has since done a great deal to revolutionize tunnel construction around the world.

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800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.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