2019 Austrian numismatic program highlights

2019 Austrian numismatic program highlights

  • September 03, 2018
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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
13/02/2019 3 € Turtle 50000 UNC CuNi 34mm
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
12/06/2019 3 € Otter 50000 UNC CuNi 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
11/09/2019 3 € Crayfish 50000 UNC CuNi 34mm
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.

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