The Mint of Austria have unveiled (29th January) a new collector coin which was released just in time for Easter with its depiction of one of the more well-known Easter rabbit figurines in Austria. The new 2018-dated collector coin also celebrates the 300th anniversary of the manufacture of porcelain in Vienna. Designed by ceramicist and sculptor Michael Powolny (1871-1954) around 1930, it is one of the most charming pieces ever produced by Vienna’s famous Augarten Porcelain Manufactory. The manufacture of porcelain in Vienna was established in 1718 by Claudius Innocentius du Paquier (1679–1751) after the Dutchman completed a risky mission to bring the secret of how to make porcelain from Meissen to Vienna. From the outset, the manufactory’s designs were ahead of their time, especially during the 1920s. The creative input of artists such as Michael Powolny, who co-founded the Wiener Keramik, part of the influential Wiener Werkstätte workshops, played an important role.
Originating in Germany during the Renaissance, the Osterhase (literally “the Easter hare”) was a folkloric figure among the followers of Martin Luther that judged whether children were behaving at the beginning of Easter. Today, the Easter Bunny is a far less judgmental figure who brings colourful eggs and delicious chocolates for all children, regardless of their behaviour.
The reverse side of the new Easter coin includes a depiction of Michael Powolny’s famous rabbit which has one ear lying flat and the other raised. It is the positioning of the ears that endears this quirky persona with so much life and soul. The adorable creature is flanked on the coin by a forget-me-not pattern which is also a design from the Augarten Porcelain Manufactory. The nine-sided coin’s obverse shows the coats of arms of the nine federal provinces of Austria along with the denomination of 5 €URO placed in the centre.
|€5||Copper||28.5 g||28.5 mm||Uncirculated||200,000|
|€5||.925 Silver||7.7 g||28.5 mm||Brilliant Unc.||50,000|
Available from the 7th March 2018, the five-euro silver coin is presented in a special vacuum-sealed, colourful, and informative blister pack. An additional 200,000 five-euro coins will be issued in copper Uncirculated quality and will be made available from commercial banks at their face value. For further information on these and other coins made available by the Mint of Austria, please visit their website.