Time for the release of the penultimate coin in the ten-piece Mint of Austria series that looks at the nine regions of Austria through the imagination of children. The series is usually called Austria: Piece by Piece, but at other times we’ve seen it referred to as ‘Federal Provinces’, or even ‘Austria By Its Children’. If you noticed it’s a ten-coin series and there are only nine provinces, it’s because the last coin looks at Austria as a whole.
Upper Austria is the featured province this time and as expected, the series again follows tradition with one side depicting a site or cultural object considered to be of “intangible cultural heritage” by UNESCO, in this case the Glöcklerlauf, a race held in early January where the competitors wear weird headgear that lights up. The quite beautiful village of Hallstatt is on the other face of the coin, and that is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, easy to see why in the image above. As before, one side (the headgear one) is designed by a schoolkid, this time Klara Baumgartner, while the other side is designed by mint heavyweights Thomas Pesendorfer and Herbert Wahner.
Free of colour and adornment, these cleanly struck sterling silver coins have all been refreshingly different, and deservedly popular. A collectors box is available to hold all ten coins, but each individual one comes in the usual little red Austrian Mint box that personally, we quite like. A numbered Certificate of Authenticity is included. Shipping from 01 June, this one is a little pricier than the last by €3, now selling at €39.30, no doubt due to the recent bump in the spot price of our favourite shiny stuff. The budget minded might prefer a 999 copper version with a 130,000 mintage which is available for just €10, that price not having changed since last time. Just one coin to go in this decidedly different take on Austria’s heritage.