The Austrian Mint has announced their 2013 Coin Program. This post will briefly explore the collector coin releases within both continuing and brand new series.
To start the program, a 5 Euro New Year’s Coin will be issued on December 12, 2012 celebrating the Viennese Waltz. An uncirculated version struck in copper will have a mintage of 300,000 pieces and will be available at banks. A special uncirculated version will be struck in 80% silver with a weight of 8 grams and a limited mintage of 50,000.
The next coin will be a 25 Euro Silver and Niobium Coin with the subject of “Tunnelling”, scheduled for release on January 23, 2012. The coins are struck with an outer ring of 90% silver and an inner core of niobium which will be colored ice blue. These coins will be issued in special uncirculated quality with a mintage of 65,000 pieces. Each coin has a weight of 9 grams and diameter of 34 mm.
This will be followed on February 27 by the second release within the series Klimt and His Women. The obverse features the “Tree of Life”, and the reveres features “The Expectation”. These are two mosaics from Klimt’s Stoclet Frieze. These coins are struck in 98.6% gold to proof quality with a weight of 10 grams, diameter of 22 mm, and mintage of 30,000 pieces.
On March 20, the Austrian Mint will release a coin for the 2013 European Silver Star Programme, which carries the theme of European Writers. The 20 Euro Silver Coin will represent Stefan Zweig. Struck to proof quality in 90% silver, the coins have a weight of 18 grams and diameter of 34 mm.
A brand new series entitled “Prehistoric Life” will make its debut. The series will include five coins to be released from 2013 to 2015, which are inspired by a geological period and its typical lifeforms. The two releases for the coming year are “Trias – Life in the Water” (April 17) and “Jura – Life in the Air” (September 11). The 20 euro coins are struck in 90% silver to proof quality with a weight of 16 grams and diameter of 32 mm. The first two releases have a mintage limit of 50,000 indicated.
The Federal Provinces series or “Austria By Its Children” will see two releases featuring Lower Austria (March 15) and Vorarlberg (October 16). The format of the series is to include a UNESCO world heritage site located in each province on the obverse and a design created by a child of the province on the reverse. These 10 euro coins are available in copper uncirculated, 92.5% silver proof, and 92.5% silver special uncirculated.
A 5 euro coin will be issued on June 5 to celebrate Austria as a “Land of Water”. These coins are issued in copper uncirculated or 80% silver special uncirculated.
A second brand new series makes its debut near the end of the year. The 100 euro gold coin Austrian Wildlife series will feature Austria’s native flora and fauna. The first coin scheduled for November 13 has a working title of “Wildtiere 1”. The coins will be struck in 98.6% gold to proof quality with a weight of 16 grams and diameter 30 mm. A mintage of 30,000 pieces is indicated.