2013 Austria Silver €10 Piece by Piece BU (Vorarlberg)

2013 Austria Silver €10 Piece by Piece BU (Vorarlberg)

Celebrating the nine federal provinces of Austria, each 10 euro Silver coin in the Austrian Mint’s 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!
Minted in 2013 with an asw of .4759, this coin showcases Austria's most westerly province, Vorarlberg, which is bordered by Germany, Switzerland and Lichtenstein as well as by Lake Constance, one of Central Europe’s largest lakes. No tribute to Ländle, as Vorarlbergers affectionately call their native land, would be complete without der Bodensee, and so the lake fittingly features on both sides of the impressive fourth coin in our Federal Provinces series.

So much more than a place of breathtaking natural beauty, Vorarlberg is also rich in ancient traditions, one of which, the Bodensee-Radhaube, a spectacular circular bonnet whose artisanal mode of production has been handed down from generation to generation, is considered an example of "intangible cultural heritage" by UNESCO. The bonnet is worn in its full glory on the coin’s obverse with Lake Constance and St. Martin's Tower in Bregenz, the provincial capital, in the background. The tower also features on the coin's reverse, as does the peak of the panoramic Pfänder and its cable car, in a highly original design by Alissa De Mori, a local schoolgirl who beat stiff opposition to win our competition to co-design the coin, which was supported by the Ministry of Education.

Struck in Special Uncirculated quality and Proof quality in Silver, as well as Circulation quality in copper, each with magnificent piece comes with different packing. 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800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.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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