Happy New Year! This is the motto of this year’s 5-Euro New Year coin 2018 “Löwenkraft“, which shows a magnificent lion. The gift of new year coins made of silver and copper as a lucky charm for the coming year will continue with this 5-euro coin in a beautiful tradition.
Traditionally, at the turn of the year, we combine a confident look into the future with a curious one in the past. For this reason, we go back 650 years to the history of Austria on the occasion of the New Year’s coin 2018.
Deep in the Middle Ages, we encounter the shining example of a mischievously smiling lion; his face framed by pretty curls. He stands for strength, courage and confidence. In short? “Lion power”.
This charming face comes from the splendid booklet of the gospel book completed by Johannes von Troppau in 1368, which can be seen as a magnificent codex in the Austrian National Library, written entirely in gold. Especially as he represents the oldest surviving manuscript, which was in Habsburg possession. The Codex is considered the very first book of the Austrian National Library, celebrating its 650th anniversary in 2018.
It is a nice idea to know that thousands of descendants of this particular lion move out at New Year’s Eve to bring joy of life to the people and to act as good luck charms and power donors.
As with all previous Austrian 5-euro coins, the nine coat of arms are arranged on the value side of the nine-cornered coin.
The silver coin in the quality Hand lifted is available in the blister for 18.60 euros ($22.09 USD; including 20% VAT), the copper coin is available for a nominal value of 5 euros ($5.94 USD).
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About the Austrian Mint
Boasting over 800 years of experience, the Austrian Mint renowned the world over first-class precious metal processing and coin manufacture. A member of the international minting elite, it is a global player in this field. Without such a pedigree the Vienna Philharmonic would never have become Europa’s most sought after bullion coin. The Austrian Mint’s flagship product is the Vienna Philharmonic bullion coin. Produced in five different sizes, from one ounce to 1/25 of an ounce, the Vienna Philharmonic fits every pocket and occasion. Investors, collectors and gift-givers all value the unique combination of its beautiful design and highest possible minting quality, which make it one of the world’s best-loved and best-selling bullion coins. Since it was first struck in 1989, on one side the coin’s award-winning design has featured a harmonious assortment of musical instruments from the world-famous orchestra.
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