The third of the Austrian Mints Guardian Angels coins is out now and depicts Raphael. Following Michael and Gabriel, with Uriel to follow in September, the coins are struck in half-ounce of sterling 0.925 silver and come in a choice of two finishes.
The proof variant is one of the growing number of Austrian Mint coins to emply colour on one face. Some collectors like it, some don’t, but the Austrian Mint is quite clear that colourcoins have proven a hit with the general public, so expect them to stay a strong part of their line-up for the foreseeable future. The colour on these is actually quite subtle and couldn’t be accused of overpowering the design. Even so, the cheaper variant with the special uncirculated finish has eschewed the colour application, so the choice is there.
The artwork is centred around the angels initial – in this case a capital R – around which is a pattern and in the middle of which is a symbol of the angel – in the case of Raphael a fish. The usual inscriptions sit in a border that circumnavigates the whole face. The reverse face is the same for both variants and depicts the angel from a piece of original artwork. For this coin that’s from an 1862 painting and is is devoid of colour.
The mintage of each version is 30,000 pieces, with the proof version (€44.40) and the s/unc version (€34.80) coming packaged differently. The proof comes in the small red box the Austrian Mint commonly uses, while the cheaper coin is mounted to a colourful themed card. An uncirculated copper version is also available for €10.00 and has a 130k mintage. There is a collectors box that will hold all four coins for $39.90, but it appears to be currently unavailable. The coin however, is available to buy now.