2013 Austria Silver €5 Land of Water BU

2013 Austria Silver €5 Land of Water BU

As a land of spectacular snow-capped peaks and beautiful steep-sided valleys, Austria is also home to an abundance of fast-flowing rivers, crystal-clear streams and pristine lakes. Struck in honor of the UNESCO Year of Water Cooperation 2013. Struck in Special Uncirculated quality with a maximum mintage of 50,000, this (ASW 0.2058 oz) coin comes in a blister pack featuring information in German and English.

The quality of Austria’s water is second to none. Even the metropolis of Vienna gets its delicious untreated drinking water directly from mountain springs situated high in the Alps south west of the capital. But as well as for drinking water and as a vital source of 'clean' hydro-electric energy, the country’s waterways have been used by generations of Austrians as a means of transport and incomparable leisure resource. On the reverse of the nine-sided Silver 5 euro coin, a heron, a kingfisher, a shoal of fish and a water snake embody the purity of Austria’s water.

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800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.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