2012 Austria Silver €10 Steiermark-Styria BU (Blister Pack)

2012 Austria Silver €10 Steiermark-Styria BU (Blister Pack)

Celebrating the nine federal provinces of Austria, each 10 euro silver coin in the Austrian Mint’s new series 'Austria by its Children' reproduces the winning design from a competition in which school children were asked to draw their home province. Mintage of just 40,000 coins (ASW 0.4759 oz)!
Minted in 2012, the reverse of the first coin in the series, Steiermark, was designed by ten-year-old Viktoria Reicht from Kirchbach in Steiermark (Styria). The coin features the forests, apples and pumpkins for which her home province, the “green heart of Austria”, is famous. Designed by chief designer Thomas Pesendorfer, the coin’s obverse shows the magical Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg UNESCO World Heritage Site of the provincial capital, Graz. Some of the city’s other landmarks, such as its clock tower, town hall, mausoleum dome and baroque church tower, are also featured. Minted and packed at the Austrian Mint, this beautiful coin is the fruit of the very highest production standards and comes in Special Uncirculated quality in silver and Circulation quality in copper, each with different packaging.

This coin comes in a blister pack featuring information in German and English.

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800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.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