2016 Austria Proof Silver €10 Piece by Piece (Oberösterreich)

2016 Austria Proof Silver €10 Piece by Piece (Oberösterreich)

Featuring the ninth coin in the Austrian Mint’s educational “Austria Piece by Piece” series, Oberösterreich is the last of Austria’s nine provinces to be celebrated by the children who call it home.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains .5144 oz of .925 fine Silver.
  • Each of these magnificent coins comes with a box and a certificate of authenticity.
  • Mintage of 40,000 coins.
  • Obverse: Features the UNESCO world heritage and natural wonder of the picturesque town of Hallstadt.
  • Reverse: Depicts the church of Linz on Poestling hill, the coat of arms of the province of Upper Austria, and three participants of the annual Gloeckler parade wearing “Gloeckler” costumes with elaborately decorated handmade hats. In the background on the right side is the famous Traunstein Mountain on the edge of the clear blue lake known as Traunsee.
  • Guaranteed by the Austrian Mint.

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The charming inclusion of several participants in the Gloeckler parade by Klara in her coin design, recalls the annual tradition taking place on January 5th, also known as the twelfth night or Epiphany. On this night people dress up in light or white colored costumes, wear belts with a loud bell attached, and adorn elaborate hats decorated with lit candles. The medieval belief was that this would chase away the evil spirits of the dark months, bringing salvation and blessings to the area.

Located in the central-northern part of Austria, bordering Germany and the Czech Republic, Oberösterreich is the country’s fourth-largest province by area and the third by population. The capital of Upper Austria is Linz, a city of culture, business and industry which looks towards the future and is located along the Danube River. The river was key to its establishment centuries ago and to the continued growth for many hundreds of years as a major trading port. The city is the birthplace of Anton Bruckner composer, as well as home to physicist Johannes Keppler, the location for a major steel producer and home to the Linzer torte made on nuts, and jam and lots of butter.

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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