The Austrian Mint is now accepting pre-orders for its 2015 Official Austrian Euro Coin Proof Set, scheduled to being shipping on October 7. The set contains eight coins with denominations ranging from 1 cent to 2 euros, and is presented in a wooden case with a certificate of authenticity. It is priced at €79.80, which includes the value-added tax (VAT). Only 10,000 sets will be sold.
The smallest coins feature alpine flowers on their reverses. The 1 cent piece bears the image of a gentian, the 2 cent coin contains an edelweiss, and the 5 cent piece features a primula auricula, or mountain cowslip.
The next group of coins celebrate Austrian architecture: the 10 cent coin bears a depiction of Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the 20 cent coin features the Belvedere Palace and Museum, and the 50 cent piece features an image of the Secession Exhibition Hall, established to display the work of painters, including Gustav Klimt, who resigned from the Association of Austrian Artists in 1897.
The two largest coins feature the likenesses of prominent former residents of Vienna. The 1 euro coin contains a portrait of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, while the 2 euro piece bears a portrait of novelist and pacifist Bertha von Suttner, the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
This year’s cover of the Austrian Euro Proof Set features an image of Vienna’s Spanish Riding School, recognized as an important piece of “intangible heritage” by UNESCO.
For more information on the 2015 Official Austrian Euro Coin Proof Set, visit the Web site of the Austrian Mint.