The third coin of in the Austrian Mint’s “Heavenly Messengers” series is dedicated to Raphael, the prototype of a guardian angel. The story of Tobias and the Angel, probably written around 200 BCE, is one of the late writings of the Old Testament.
Tobias and the Angel
“Tobias went in search of a companion and met Raphael. Raphael was an angel, but Tobias did not know it. As the young Tobias wanted to bathe in the river, a fish shot up from the water and wanted to devour him. The angel called to Tobias: pack him! Then the young man seized and threw the fish to shore.” (Book of Tobit 5: 4 or 6: 1-9) – As a result, his offal proved to be a very effective medicine.
A Raphael coin as a talisman. Raphael lets you recover and supports the forces of self-healing. Raphael nourishes both body and soul.
The reverse design shows the angel Raphael as a youth, with wavy hair and a pilgrim’s staff. He holds his arm angled, raising his hand in blessing. His wings are made of peacock feathers. This, the third coin of our series “Heavenly Messengers”, is dedicated to the prototype of a guardian angel. Raphael is the patron saint of pilgrims and travelers; he is revered by both Christians and Jews as an angel with special healing powers.
A ring of closely placed dots or beads partitions the obverse design from the outer ring of inscriptions. REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH (technically, R * E * P * U * B * L * I * K Ö * S * T * E * R * R * E * I * C * H) is inscribed clockwise along the top three-quarters of the rim. The denomination of 10 EURO (1 * 0 E * U * R * O) is found at the bottom. The date, 2018, is located near the bottom.
The coin is also available as a nominal copper coin and in the quality polished plate. The edges of both the silver and copper 2018 Raphael – The Healing Angel coins are smooth.
Austrian Mint designer Helmut Andexlinger is one of the world’s leading coin designers. He has created a number of prize-winning coin designs (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:||2018|
|Mintage:||Silver: 60,000; Copper: 130,000|
|Alloy:||.925 Silver; Copper|
|Weight:||Silver: 16.82g; Copper: 15.00g|
|OBV Designer||Helmut Andexlinger / Herbert Wähner|
|REV Designer||Helmut Andexlinger / Herbert Wähner|
|Quality:||Proof & Special Uncirculated (Silver); Uncirculated (Copper)|
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