The Austrian Mint has recently unveiled the second coin in a new series highlighting the nine federal provinces of Austria.
This series provides some unique appeal in that the reverse designs are created by children living in each province. The final reverse design for each coin is selected from thousands submitted through a competition which invites all 9- and 10-year-old children to submit a design about their home province.
The obverse of each coin features a UNESCO world heritage site located in each province.
This second release of the series features Carinthia, or Kärnten in native language. The reverse design is by 10-year-old Philip Ogris and shows the name of the province in both German and Slovenian to highlight the bilingual schools of the province. It also includes ibexes (goats), the Lindwurm of Klagenfurt (a legendary dragon), and the waters of Lake Wörthersee. The obverse by Austrian Chief Designer Thomas Pesendorfer features a scene of the ancient art of falconry on the grounds of medieval Landskron Castle.
The first release of the series, which went on sale in April, featured Styria or Steiermark. The reverse design by 10-year-old Viktoria Reicht featured forests, apples, and pumpkins. The obverse by Thomas Pesendorfer features a depiction of the old-town center of the capital of the province Graz.
The series “Austria By Its Children” will include two releases each year for five years. The first nine coins will celebrate the nine provinces, while the tenth and final coin will celebrate the country as a whole. Each coin is struck in 92.5% silver with a diameter of 32 mm and weight of 17.30 grams.