Upcoming and Recent Coins from the Austrian Mint

This post will focus on some recent or upcoming releases from the Austrian Mint. I have previously covered the silver and niobium coin highlighting tunnel construction and the first release of the new Prehistoric Life series featuring Life in the Water.

Klimt and His Women "The Expectation"On February 27, 2013, the Austrian Mint released the second coin in the series Klimt and His Women. The designs feature “The Expectation” and the “Tree of Life” which are two mosaics from the Stoclet Frieze created by Klimt for the Palais Stoclet in Brussels. Images of the actual works are shown below. (Click on any image throughout the post for a larger version.)

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The Expectation 50 Euro Gold Coin is struck in proof quality in .986 gold with a weight of 10.14 grams and diameter of 22 mm. The mintage is limited to 30,000 pieces.

The series will include a total of five coins, with each bearing a letter of Klimt’s name to spell KLIMT in its entirety.


On March 20, 2013, the Austrian Mint released their coin for the 2013 European Silver Star Programme, which this year focuses on European Writers. The Austrian coin features Stefan Zweig, a prominent writer during the 1920s and 1930s. His portrait appears on the obverse with a reproduction of his signature below. On the reverse is a scene recalling his novella Chess which was written from 1938 to 1941 and published posthumously in 1942.

The coin is struck to proof quality in .900 silver with a weight of 20 grams and diameter of 34 mm. The maximum mintage is indicated at 50,000 pieces.

2013 Niederösterreich 20 Euro Silver coin

A release date of May 15, 2013 is indicated for the third release in the Federal Provinces series, which will feature Niederösterreich or Lower Austria. The series has featured an important site on the obverse and a representation of the province designed by a school aged child on the reverse.

The intricately detailed obverse of this release features a Wachau riverine scene of a ferry sailing past the monastery of Melk, the ancient town gate of Krems, and the baroque church at Dürnstein. The reverse features a design by 10-year-old Christian Kopf from Ertl which shows the four separate districts of the province: wine, industry, wood, and fruit juice.

The coins are struck in .925 silver with a weight of 17.30 grams and diameter of 32 mm. The mintage is indicated 40,000 pieces in special uncirculated and 30,000 pieces in proof. A copper version is also available with a mintage of 130,000 pieces.

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  1. Samuel says

    these coins are just beautiful. they should do these on 5oz. i have the great abbey series. but, wont buy to save money for the upcoming USMINT stuff.

  2. Merlin says

    I picked up the first two coins in the Klimt series. Both capture sheer beauty. The third coin is one to keep an eye on. The painting shows a scantly clad lady, depending on what makes it to the coin, it could be a winner, or should I say a bust.

  3. Schalk says

    The Austrian Mint has some of the most beautiful coins in the world – just a pity that their mintages are so high! These coins are definitely bought for their looks – and who would blame the buyer?!

  4. Saucexx says

    I have to concur, the coins beautiful. The mintage seem a bit high, but I’m surprised these coins don’t have a bigger market.

  5. CW says

    I am curious if anyone knows the reasons for the weird (to US eyes) purity on these coins. Also, I wish they would inconspicuously put the fineness on stuff like this. It does matter sometimes when you resell.

  6. Schalk says

    CW, if you are talking about .986 purity in a gold coin then it should not be strange to US eyes. Assays minted by the United States Mint shows up in old Hungarian Ducat coins (.986). The Austrian Ducats for a long time had the .986 composition. The “almost pure” gold standard of previous generations directly correlates to the degree to which the purity was obtained during the separation process with acids. In the early part of the last century the purest form came from Italy .996 to .997 and from other European Countries such as Sweden .977, Bavaria .980, Denmark .988 etc.

    As for the silver .900 should be no stranger to US coins – the annual silver set contains coins with a .900 purity silver and .925 purity in silver is, of course, the composition of “Sterling Silver”.

    If you want to trade with coins you show know the history and specifications of what you trade in – but in this case the purity is minuscule and of very little importance – gold is still between 23.5 and 23.999 Karat for all of the above gold coins.

  7. Schalk says

    CW, the Klimt coin (.986) above contains $501.09 worth of gold where 1 ozt = $1559.10 (as of today). If the purity of the coin was .999, the gold content would have been worth $507.80 – a difference of $6.70

  8. CW says

    Thanks guys. The Ducat info makes sense. No disagreement on the sterling. I just wish it would say it. It might save an acid test marring it 50 years down the road. 🙂

  9. Schalk says

    CW, who cares about the purity displayed on the coin with all due respect, those old coins with high gold content value, are worth much more than their gold content. Don’t you think it would take away all the fun to display their purity?

    It is nice to know their gold content, but it remains totally immaterial. The Klimt series will prove that the gold content is not of importance. When you take a look at a beautiful old Roman Imperial SPQR coin, dating from 23AD or earlier, with a gold content of .890, will you quibble about the gold purity? – just take a look at the latest Heritage Auction for world and ancient coins about to take place on 18 -19 April (also 22-23 April) – educate yourself by taking a tour a ha.com.

  10. Andrew says

    I love all the coins here. They have wonderful detailing. “The Expectation” gold coin looks fab in the crimson red packaging. Here’s how it looks on the Austrian Mint http://bit.ly/12O2eCD

  11. CW says

    Schalk, I don’t see the Roman coin being bullion, but someone may see these that way in 50 years. I think the way the purity is displayed on the ATB 5 Ozers is tasteful and does not detract from the design.

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