The Austrian Mint has recently unveiled the third coin within the “Austria Piece By Piece” series which highlights the nine federal provinces of Austria.
The charming series features reverse designs created by children living in each province paired with an obverse design featuring a UNESCO world heritage site located in the province. A total of ten coins will be issued for the series at a rate of two coins per year. The first nine coins will feature the provinces, with the tenth release celebrating the country as a whole.
The third release of the series features Vorarlberg, the westernmost province of Austria which borders Germany, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein. Although this province is the second smallest in terms of area and population, it has the second highest population density. The province is also bordered by Lake Constance, one of Central Europes largest lakes, which appears prominently within the coin design.
The obverse design by Thomas Pesendorfer features a woman wearing a Bodensee-Radhaube, a circular bonnet whose artisanal mode of production has been handed down from generation to generation and is considered by UNESCO to be an example of “intangible cultural heritage.” The background includes a view of Lake Constance and St. Martin’s Bower in Bregenz.
The reverse design by competition winner Alissa De Mori brings together various elements related to the province, including Lake Constance, St. Martin’s Tower, the peak of the mountain Pfänder with its cable car, and a cow and tractor.
The Vorarlberg 10 Euro Silver Coin is struck in 92.5% silver with a weight of 17.30 grams and diameter of 32 mm. The proof quality version had a mintage of 30,000 pieces, while the special uncirculated version had a mintage of 40,000. An uncirculated copper version has a mintage of 130,000 pieces. The official date of issue is indicated as October 16, 2013.
New Releases from Canada and Australia
The Royal Canadian Mint has started accepting pre-orders from Master’s Club members for an array of new releases. These include several holiday themed coins, a high relief piedfort silver coin, fractional gold and silver maple leaf sets, and new coins within several ongoing series. Full coverage will be provided when ordering opens to the general public on October 2.
The Perth Mint of Australia will begin sales for new product releases on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 12:01 PM ET. These will include more numismatic versions of the Australian Lunar series Year of the Horse gold and silver coins, the Typeset collection, the latest Mythical Creatures series coin featuring the Werewolf, and more. Full coverage will be provided following the start of sales.