Austria’s final silver coin in the series honoring each of the
nation’s nine provinces is now available.
This Austria By Its Children series features designs that were
created by 9- and 10-year-old schoolchildren of Austria. The final
.925 fine silver €10 coin celebrates the province of Upper Austria.
The obverse of the €10 coin was designed and engraved by Herbert
Waehner. It depicts the UNESCO World Heritage site of the picturesque
town of Hallstatt. An Evangelical church in the foreground is balanced
by the Catholic church on the hill located in the upper right side.
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Houses cling to the shoreline and are tightly packed together on
narrow streets. In the foreground is a flat-bottom boat built in a
traditional design and steered by the bootsman at the stern.
The obverse of the coin also features the country of issue, REPUBLIK
ÖSTERREICH (Republic of Austria), the year of issue 2016, the face
value expressed as 10 EURO and the name of the town, HALLSTATT.
The reverse of the coin was designed by Klara Baumgartner of
Dachseberg school, and engraved by mint engraver Thomnas Pesendorfer.
The reverse shows the church of Linz on Poestling hill and the coat
of arms of the province of Upper Austria in the center 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 Traunstein mountain on the edge of the clear blue
water lake known as Traunsee, located in the Salzkammergut.
Inclusion of several participants in the Gloeckler parade in the
reverse design recalls the annual tradition taking place on Jan. 5,
also known as Epiphany. People dress in light- or white-colored
costumes, wear belts with a loud bell attached and elaborate hats that
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.
The Upper Austria silver coin is legal tender and is available in
either Proof or Special Uncirculated versions, each weighing 17.3
grams and measuring 32 millimeters in diameter.
The Proof coin’s maximum mintage is 30,000 pieces. Each is
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 coin has a mintage limit of 40,000 pieces
and is available in a blister pack with an Upper Austria design on the sleeve.
Collectors in the United States and Canada may purchase the Upper
Austria coin by visiting the Austrian Mint's website.
In addition, two distributors offer the coins in North America:
American Precious Metals Exchange, online; and Downies, at its website.