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.
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.)
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.
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.