Few items are identified with Austria or Bavaria more than
lederhosen, drindls and Tyrolean hats.
These items and other elements are featured on a 2014 coin from the
Austrian Mint’s series Austria, Piece by Piece.
Due for release Oct. 8, the sixth coin in the series celebrates
Tyrol. As with other coins in the program, native children in the
region assisted with the design.
The coin for Tyrol was designed by a class of 9- and 10-year-old
schoolchildren from Rattenberg, which is the smallest town in Austria,
having only 400 inhabitants.
The obverse depicts three men in elaborate hats and costumes
parading through the center of Rattenberg, the rugged mountain
landscape in the background. Pretzels hang from the flagpole carried
by the first man in the parade. Austrian houses with traditional
architecture and a twin-spired church complete the design along the
The classroom also chose which elements to include on the reverse,
which was designed and engraved by mint engraver Herbert Waehner.
The collage effect includes two couples in traditional regional
tracht (clothes) dancing, as the sun rises behind snowy mountain
peaks. An Ibex stands among coniferous trees at the left, while the
Bergisel Ski Jump in Innsbruck is depicted in the center
A shield with the coat of arms of Tyrol rests against the base of a
harp, and a small sailboat is shown floating on one of the many lakes
The Tyrol .925 fine silver coin weighs 18 grams and measures 32
millimeters in diameter.
A total of 30,000 Proof examples are offered, each in a presentation
case with a numbered certificate of authenticity. A Special
Uncirculated version, packaged in a blister pack with a
Tyrolean-themed design on the sleeve, has a mintage limit of 40,000 pieces.
Collectors in the United States and Canada may purchase the Tyrol
coin by contacting either Downies or American Precious Metals
Exchange, or APMEX, both distributors for the Austrian Mint.
Pricing was not yet set at press time.
To order from APMEX, telephone the firm toll free at 800-375-9006 or
visit the APMEX website.
To order from Downies, telephone the company toll-free at
877-897-7696, or visit Downies online.