The Austrian Mint has unveiled the design for the ninth coin in its “Austria By its Children” series, which features reverse images created by 9- and 10-year old Austrian school children. Each release in this series highlights a different region of Austria; the new issue is due for release on June 1 and features Upper Austria, or Oberösterreich.
The coin will be issued in three versions: a silver Proof issue that will cost €39.60 and have a mintage limit of 30,000 coins; a silver Special Uncirculated issue, available for €32.40 and limited to 40,000 pieces; and a copper issue that costs €10.00 and will be limited to 130,000 coins.
The reverse design was created by Klara Baumgartner of Dachseberg school and engraved by Thomnas Pesendorfer. It features Upper Austria’s coat of arms at its center, topped by the crown of the province’s former duke. The church of Linz is featured to the left, with the Traunstein mountain and Traunsee lake seen on the right. In the foreground are three people in “Gloeckler” costumes worn during the annual Gloeckler parade. Inscribed in cursive near the rim of the coin is OBERÖSTERREICH.
The obverse, designed and engraved by Herbert Waehner, features the town of Hallstatt, named a UNESCO World Heritage site for a cultural history that can be traced back to the Iron Age. Inscribed on this side of the coin are REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH, HALLSTATT, 10 EURO, and 2016.
The silver coins are composed of 17.3 grams of 92.5% silver, while the copper coin is made of 15 grams of 99.9% copper. All three coins have diameters measuring 32 mm.
For more information on the upcoming “Austria By its Children” coin featuring Upper Austria, please visit the Web site of the Austrian Mint.