Austrian Mint released its seventh silver 10-euro coin in its series of the country’s provinces interpreted by its children. The latest piece, issued in June, honors Vienna, one of Austria’s nine administrative regions.
The delightful reverse by 11-year-old Viktoria Pinzer successfully captures key aspects of the capital. The central feature is St. Stephen’s Cathedral [STEPHANSDOM WIEN], the building that dominates the heart of Vienna. On either side are a couple of medieval buildings typical of those in the city’s historic center. A few pedestrians and one of the horse-drawn carriages that are key attraction today, complete the uncluttered design.
The contrasting obverse by the Mint’s chief engraver, Thomas Pesendorfer, shows other architectural icons of Vienna’s center. They include St. Charles Church, the State Opera and City Hall. And that is Johann Strauss at the right alongside another horse-drawn carriage.
For collectors the new 32 mm, 17.3 g coin comes in two finishes: proof and uncirculated specimen. Mintages are 30,000 and 40,000, respectively.
In Austria the coin is also available as regular circulation strikes in copper. Unlike the proof and specimen versions these come with a milled edge.
If your friendly neighborhood dealer cannot supply, collectors in the United States and Canada can purchase the coin from www.austrian-mint.at.
This article was originally printed in World Coin News.
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