On June 1, the Austrian Mint will issue the final silver coin in the series honoring each of the provinces of the country. This series has been designed by 9- and 10-year-old school children of Austria. The last coin celebrates the province of Upper Austria (Oberösterreich).
The reverse of the coin depicts: the Church of Linz on Poestling Hill, the Coat of Arms of the province of Upper Austria in the center which is capped by the crown of the former duke of Upper Austria. To the right of it are 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 water lake, known as Traunsee located in the Salzkammergut. This side of the coin was designed by Klara Baumgartner of Dachseberg school, and engraved by mint engraver Thomas Pesendorfer (View Designer’s Profile).
The other side of the coin designed and engraved by Herbert Waehner depicts the UNESCO world heritage site and natural wonder of the picturesque town of Hallstadt. The evangelical church is in the foreground and balanced by the catholic church on the hill located in the upper right side. The carefully engraved and very detailed houses cling to the shore line and are tightly packed together on narrow streets. In the foreground is a flat bottom boat built using the traditional design and steered by the bootsman at the stern. The obverse of the coin also features the country of issue, “Republik Oesterreich” Republic of Austria, the year of issue 2016, the face value of 10 euros and the name of the town of “Hallstadt.”
The charming inclusion of several participants in the Gloeckler parade by Klara in her coin design, recalls the annual tradition taking place on January 5, 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 elaborate that hats are 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 the composer Anton Bruckner as well as home to physicist Johannes Keppler, the location for a major steel producer and home to the Linzer torte made of nuts, jam and lots of butter.
The area of Upper Austria is well known for its natural beauty, an enticing place to holiday with green meadows, beautiful mountains, clean rivers and streams. It is a prime area for all outdoor activities both winter and summer; skiing, snowshoeing, climbing, horseback riding, sailing and so on.
The silver “Upper Austria” coin is legal tender and will be available in two finishes, Proof and Special Uncirculated, with a maximum mintage of 30,000 and 40,000 respectively. The proof coins come encapsulated in a presentation case with a numbered certificate of authenticity. The certificate includes all the technical details as well as background information about the series. The special uncirculated coins are available in a blister pack with an Upper Austria design on the sleeve.
The coin will also be available in Austria only in the regular circulation finish and struck in copper. The copper coins have a rilled edge whereas the silver coins have a smooth edge.
Also available for the series are collection cases for each respective coin type, SU or proof. For the SU series there is a frosted synthetic box bearing the series logo. The proof case is made from a heavy card stock and includes a small booklet detailing the whole series.
Collectors in the United States and Canada may purchase the “Upper Austria” coin by visiting www.austrian-mint.at
or through these fine dealers:
- • APMEX toll-free at 1 800 375 9006 or ordering online at www.apmex.com;
- • Downies toll-free at 1 877 897 7696 or ordering online at www.downies.com;
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