The Austrian Mints ten-coin ‘Federal Provinces’, or Austria: Piece by Piece series continues on with the release of the eighth coin, this time depicting the flattest province in this European country, Burgenland. Bordering Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia, Burgenland is the location of the Neusiedler See, a lake known for its reeds and shallowness, along with a fine bird population. The Neusiedler See is Austria’s largest lake, and a favourite with ornithologists, sailors, and wind and kite surfers.
This series again follows tradition with one side depicting a site or cultural object considered to be of “intangible cultural heritage” by UNESCO. This time it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a natural one, the southern shore of Lake Neusiedl. The coin obverse depicts the reeded area of the lake and many of the famous storks that inhabit the area,
The reverse side of this coin, continues the series signature of carrying a design based on artwork chosen from a school competition, this time by schoolgirl Leonie Schrollenberger. Every one of the coins to date, including this one, have been very successfully enhanced by the fresh and interesting artwork that an experienced coin designer wouldn’t think to do. This time the schoolkids side takes a similar look at the province to the pro’s, but as the schoolgirl thoughtfully including a few bottles of plonk in her artwork, I’m voting that the better coin face.
Due to ship from the 07 October at €36.30, this 17.3g sterling silver coin contains 16g of pure silver and comes in the standard Austrian Mint box. A collectors box is available holding the full ten-coin series, the nine provinces and a final coin with the whole country as it’s subject. Pretty cheap at €36.30, these are, like all the coins from the Muenze Osterreich, very well struck and interesting, if a little niche in taste outside of Austria. A numbered Certificate of Authenticity is included. For those on a budget, a 999 copper version with a 130,000 mintage is available for just €10. The next coin should be Oberösterreich which is the final province, with the last coin featuring the country as a whole. The previous seven coins are depicted below.