Producers of the Wienna Philharmoniker bullion coin range, one of the worlds most numerous, the Austrian Mint has no real recent history of limited run bullion coins. Earlier this year that changed, with the launch of the first in a trilogy commemorating 825 years since Richard the Lionheart’s ransom money was used to found the Vienna Mint. Depicting Duke Leopold V in full armour, it was a very cool coin that sold out its 100,000 mintage in short order.
Following that is this second issue, in this case showing a view of Wiener Neustadt. This town was built rapidly for strategic reasons from 1194, and was heavily fortified, even fighting off a small Mongol army in 1241. The obverse remains one common to the series and is a beautiful heraldic style image of a mounted knight. Sadly, the Austrian mint has already sold out of this one-ounce fine silver bullion coin, but you should be able to pick some up from dealers worldwide. This is turning into a pretty series and will be completed in October with the release of the last coin – Robin Hood.
REVERSE: Features a view of the town of Wiener Neustadt
OBVERSE: Features Leopold V’s equestrian seal, which shows him as a military commander on horseback with a shield and a banner. The original image can be found in the Monastery of Heiligenkreuz, near Vienna.