2019 Austrian numismatic program highlights
- September 03, 2018
The Austrian Mint has sent us its 2019 numismatic program.
This program is marked by a transversal theme relating to the 825th anniversary of the Austrian Mint.
It was founded following the capture of Richard the “Lion heart” by Duke Leopold V of Austria. Thrown in a dungeon of the castle of DURNSTEIN, his release will be done only against a ransom paid in english currency. Part of this ransom will then be restricked by Duke Leopold in the facilities of the future Austrian Mint.
Logo of austrian mint 825th anniversary – struck on dedicaated commemorative coins
3 coins of one ounce silver 999/1000 will be issued on the theme of the 825th anniversary of the Austrian Mint. This series will honour a famous knight, a city and a legend.
A €100 gold coin will celebrate this metal and its importance in the Austrian money industry, which achieves between 1 and 1.5 billion in sales of silver and gold bullion coins alone each year.
Austria has a reserve of 240 tonnes of gold, some of which is stored in Great Britain and Switzerland. But since 2015, Austria has repatriated the gold stock held on its behalf by other foreign central banks to its vaults. This practice was linked to the fear that the Warsaw Pact troops would cross the borders of Western Europe and seize the National Bank of Austria’s gold stocks. This risk is now non-existent, so the Austrian central bank has decided to repatriate this gold stock.
Location of austrian gold stock – (source:ORF.AT)
In addition, the Austrian Mint intends to mint several coins in a new series on the legend of the knights and highlighting the values defended by them.
A new series will be dedicated to aviation and its history and should commemorate the Bell X1 aircraft which broke all speed records in its time.
Finally, the “Coloured Creatures” series ends in 2019 but will be replaced by a new series of coloured pieces on a new theme.
Anna RASTL, austrian engraver
List of main austrian coins issues in 2019:
|Issuing day||face value||Subject||mintage||quality||weight||metal||diameter|
|23/01/2019||20 €||reaching for the sky||30 000||proof||2/3 oz||silver 925/1000||34mm|
|23/01/2019||3,88 €||proof annual coinset||10000||proof||–||CuNi||–|
|13/02/2019||50 €||Viktor FRANKL – psychotherapy school of Vienna||20000||proof||1/4 oz||gold 986/1000||22mm|
|13/03/2019||5 €||spring awaiking||200000||UNC||–||CuNi||28,5mm|
|13/03/2019||5 €||spring awaiking||50000||BU||1/4 oz||silver 925/1000||28,5mm|
|10/04/2019||10 €||knight’s tale||130000||UNC||–||CuNi||32mm|
|10/04/2019||10 €||knight’s tale||30000||BU||1/2 oz||silver 925/1000||32mm|
|10/04/2019||10 €||knight’s tale||30000||proof||1/2 oz||silver 925/1000||32mm|
|08/05/2019||20 €||Moon landing||30000||proof||2/3 oz||silver 925/1000||34mm|
|12/06/2019||25 €||artificial intelligence||65000||BU||9g||Nobium + silver 900/1000||34mm|
|11/09/2019||10 €||knight’s tale||130000||UNC||–||CuNi||32mm|
|11/09/2019||10 €||knight’s tale||30000||BU||1/2 oz||silver 925/1000||32mm|
|11/09/2019||10 €||knight’s tale||30000||proof||1/2 oz||silver 925/1000||32mm|
|16/10/2019||100 €||Magic of gold||20000||proof||1/2 oz||gold 986/1000||34mm|
|06/11/2019||20 €||Advent of powered flight||30000||proof||2/3 oz||silver 925/1000||34mm|
|06/11/2019||3 €||New series||65000||UNC||–||CuNi||34mm|
|04/12/2019||5 €||2020 New years coin||200000||UNC||–||CuNi||28,5mm|
|04/12/2019||5 €||2020 New years coin||50000||BU||1/4 oz||silver 925/1000||28,5mm|
|04/12/2019||3,88 €||BU annual coin set||50 000||BU||–||CuNi||–|
€3 coin colored creatures
We asked the austrian Mint if issuing a 2019 €2 commemortive coin was forecast. The Mint answered NUMISMAG on september 22th 2018 that the decision was not taken yet.
The first coin with 2019 mintmark will be new year’s coin or “Lbenesfreude” coin. It will be minted in two different versions, one in silver and another one in copper.
2019 silver Lebensfreude coin – mintage 50 000 coins
2019 copper Lebensfreude coin – mintage 200 000 coins
But the Mint added that annual BU set and proof set will have in 2019 a specific packaging linked to its 825th anniversary. It will be the first time since euro changeover that it will be so for the annual proof set. 2019 Baby set and BU set will be available at Austrian Mint starting from december 5th 2018.
2019 annual BU set with 825th anniversary logo
2019 BU baby set
Sources: NUMISMAG and Austrian Mint.