2014 Austria Silver €5 Arctic Adventure BU

2014 Austria Silver €5 Arctic Adventure BU

Arctic Adventure is the latest superbly crafted 5 euro Silver coin from the Austrian Mint, celebrating the official discovery of Arctic Archipelago Franz Joseph Land as well as the opening of the polar bear enclosure of the same name at the Vienna Zoo.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains .2058 oz of .800 fine Silver.
  • Each of these magnificent coins comes with a box and a certificate of authenticity.
  • Mintage of 50,000 coins.
  • Obverse: Includes the currency value and inscription "Republik Österreich".
  • Reverse: Shows the world’s largest land predator, the fearsome polar bear, featured in the foreground along with its cute and cuddly cub.
  • Guaranteed by the Austrian Mint.

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The reign of long-serving Emperor Franz Joseph I was a time of great innovation and discovery. Tasked with finding the Northeast Passage and reaching the North Pole, the Austro-Hungarian North Pole Expedition set sail on the Admiral Tegetthoff in summer 1872, but the ship became trapped in pack ice for several weeks during which it came across the archipelago. With characteristic detail, this scene forms the background to the reverse of this intrepid 5 euro Silver coin.

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800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.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