The Austrian Mint recently released the final coin of a six coin series “Rome on the Danube” which highlights Roman settlements located in present day Austria along the River Danube.
Each coin of the series generally features the image of a Roman emperor associated with the location on the obverse and an intricately detailed period scene on the reverse. The coins are struck in 90% silver to proof quality with a weight of 20 grams and diameter of 34 mm. Each coin carries a maximum mintage of 50,000 pieces. Shown below are the six coins of the series.
Virunum – The obverse features a profile portrait of Emperor Claudius, with a Roman chariot drawn by a pair of horses in the background. The reverse features a street scene from Virunum with a blacksmith hammering Noric iron into swords for the Roman legions and a chariot passing in front of a temple.
Vindobona – The obverse depicts Marcus Aurelius on horseback within the fortress of Vindobona. An officer stands beside him, while another hands him a scroll. On the reverse is a scene of a centurion inspecting soldiers along the main road to the fortress.
Carnuntum – The obverse contains a profile portrait of Septimus Severus in front of Heathen’s Gate. The reverse depicts the Villa Urbana, a palace that was the home of Carnuntum’s wealthier inhabitants. A soldier is shown tending to his armor while another stands beside him with lance and shield.
Aguntum – The obverse includes a profile portrait of Constantius II with a gate located in the artisan quarter of Aguntum and the Dolomites shown in the background. The reverse contains a market scene in Aguntum with a vendor offering some earthen vessels to a woman and two passersby in the background.
Lauriacum – The obverse contains a profile portrait of Christian Emperor Gratianus, with an image of St. Florian, the patron saint of Austrian firefighters, shown in the background. The reverse depicts a Roman surveyor involved in the construction of a bridge.
Brigantium – The obverse depicts Emperor Valentinian I looking over the harbor of Brigantium. In the foreground is the golden hand of Brigantium holding a lotus flower and in the background are warehouses that were used for storage and shipbuilding. The reverse depicts a pair of Roman war ships on Lake Constance.
All six coins of the series, as well as a collector case, remain available for sale from the Austrian Mint and can be found here.