Tyrol, honored on this Austrian 2014 10-euro coin, is a state in western Austria known for alpine sports and internationally-recognized resorts. Tyrol’s capital is Innsbruck, a major city on the Inn River (the name “Innsbruck” translates to “Inn bridge,”) located halfway between Munich, Germany, and Verona, Italy that hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics, the 1984 and 1988 Winter Paralympics, and the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics. By the 15th century, Innsbruck had become one of Europe’s most important political and cultural hubs. By the end of the 1600s, Innsbruck had its own university and was the site of the first opera house north of the Alps.
While the city largely escaped action in World War I, it was damaged during World War II. In the decades since the world wars, Innsbruck has established itself as both a college town and a tourist mecca; the city hosts millions of visitors each year – many of whom are highly skilled when it comes to skis and slopes. The Bergiselschanze, one of the most famous ski jumping facilities in the world, is pictured along with its alpine backdrop on the 2014 Tyrol Austria by its Children 10 Euro copper and silver coins.
It is the sixth coin in the 10-coin Piece by Piece series honoring the nine federal states of Austria; the last coin will pay tribute to the entire nation as a whole.
The obverse of the Tyrol Piece by Piece 10 Euro coin showcases the Telfer Schleicherlaufen, a folkloric dance festival that takes place every five years; the event is recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for its intangible cultural heritage. Three of the figures viewed at three-quarters profile in the foreground are wearing the distinctive festive hats for which the celebration is known. The man in the front-most position on the coin is holding a flag with pretzels hung upon the pole.
Along the left side of the obverse is a street scene in the Telfs, a market town about 15 miles west of Innsbruck in the district of Innsbruck-Land. The distinctive double steeple of the neo-Romanesque Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church rise prominently in the mid-ground; the highest peaks of the Mieminger Mountains appear to rise just taller than the steeples of the church.
The inscription REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH (translates to Austria) sprawl between the 10 o’clock and three o’clock positions along the upper rim of the obverse. TELFER SCHLEICHERLAUFEN, the name of the cultural event depicted on the obverse, reads across the bottom of the coin between the three o’clock and seven o’clock positions. 10 EURO and the coin’s date, 2014, appear in three lines of text under the church and just to the left of the foremost parade participant seen on the coin.
Austrian Mint designer and engraver Herbert Wähner is responsible for the obverse.
The reverse of the Tyrol Piece by Piece Austrian 10 Euro coin was collaboratively designed by a class of nine- and 10-year-old children in the tiny town of Rattenberg; with just 400 residents, it is the smallest town in the country. The young children who designed the reverse decided on what cultural symbols would appear in their collage.
Two couples engaged in the local tracht dance are seen enjoying song on the left side of the reverse while to their right, in the center of the coin, rises a harp. At the base of the harp is the coat of arms of Tyrol, and to the right of that is a traditional, feathered Tyrolean hat, which appears to be floating in a mountainside lake along with a small sailboat. In the mid-ground, just to left of the harp and behind the dancers, is the Bergiselschanze ski-jumping facility built for the 1964 Winter Olympics and an ibex standing on a mountain that rises in the background. The sun is seen cresting over the mountains on the right upper-center of the reverse. TIROL is inscribed at the bottom-center of the coin.
Chief engraver Thomas Pesendorfer adapted the children’s design for production on the reverse of the coin.
Designer(s): Thomas Pesendorfer is the Chief Engraver of the Austrian Mint. His award-winning design for the Vienna Philharmonic bullion coin is known all over the world (View Designer’s Profile). Herbert Wähner is a designer and engraver at the Austrian Mint. Both men studied at the Fachschule für Metalldesign in Steyr, Austria.
|Year Of Issue:||2014|
|Mintage:||Silver: 40,000 (Special Unc.), 30,000 (Proof); Copper: 130,000 (Unc.)|
|Alloy:||.925 Silver; .999 Copper|
|Weight:||Silver: 17.3 g; Copper: 15 g|
|Edge:||Silver: Smooth; Copper: Rilled|
|OBV Designer||Herbert Wähner|
|REV Designer||2-B Klasse Neue Mittelschule Rattenberg / Thomas Pesendorfer|
|Quality:||Silver: Special Uncirculated, Proof; Copper: Uncirculated|
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