2024 Austria Silver €20 The White Gold of Hallstatt: Salt Mining

2024 Austria Silver €20 The White Gold of Hallstatt: Salt Mining

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With its limestone peaks, verdant valleys and crystal-clear lakes, the spectacular Salzkammergut region of central Austria is a mecca for nature lovers.

Coin Highlights:
  • Contains .666 oz of fine silver.
  • Packaged with a mint box along with a certificate of authenticity.
  • Mintage of 30,000 coins.
  • Obverse: The obverse of the Salt Mining coin features a pair of bronze pickaxes found in the prehistoric salt mines of Hallstatt. Rocks and stones symbolizing the mines are depicted around the axes and an ornamental design from the Hallstatt culture is shown in the background.
  • Reverse: In the style of a collage, the coin’s reverse shows a scene in which salt is mined and transported. The figures are inspired by artistic depictions found on bronze vessels from the Iron Age, in particular buckets.
  • Guaranteed by the Austrian government.

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Series: The White Gold of Hallstatt
Thousands of years before this region became a popular tourist destination, it was already flourishing, as it supplied half of central Europe with that most essential of substances – salt. At the southern end of the Salzkammergut, the picture-postcard village of Hallstatt lies on the shore of the lake of the same name. Inside the local mountains, salt is found in abundance and, exploited since prehistoric times, the Hallstatt salt mine is the world's oldest. During the Iron Age, salt mining and trade led to the prosperity of the people in and around Hallstatt, which gave its name to the Hallstatt culture, the archaeological culture linked to the people of the Early Iron Age in Europe.

As early as 1200 BC, the tools produced for mining salt in Hallstatt were highly sophisticated and cultural exchange with other peoples led to the import of exotic materials such as amber, glass, coral and ivory from as far afield as Africa and Asia. In the mines, the salt has preserved organic materials such as textiles, wood and leather, and artifacts decorated in styles that were widespread in Europe have survived in good condition. A simple and modest mining community only in appearance, prehistoric Hallstatt was highly advanced.

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