Not only for giving gifts, the New Year is also a time for the people of Austria to put the harshness of winter on hold and to ensure the year to come will bring them good luck. Struck in .800 fine silver, with a mintage of 50,000 and an asw of .2058, this delightful New Year 2014 silver coin celebrates some of the most typical customs that help the people of Austria ensure the year to come will bring them good luck.
A favorite among children, Bleigiessen is the melting of lead into shapes whose meaning is interpreted much like the shapes made by tea leaves. The Neujahrsschnalzen banishes the winter with the crack of a whip and the sun mask wards off the cold. Other, more universal symbols of good luck, such as the four leaf clover and the horseshoe, make an appearance on the coin’s reverse, as do pigs and mushrooms, which also symbolise good fortune to the Austrians. The nine-sided coin’s obverse shows the nine coats of arms of Austria’s nine provinces.
This coin comes in a blister pack featuring information in German and English.
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.