August 12th, 2011

“Aguntum” to Be Issued in September

On Sept. 7, the Austrian Mint will issue the fourth coin in the silver coin series “Rome on the Danube.”  The new coin features the town of Aguntum, a well-established center of commerce and trade, founded as early as 30 BC. 

The obverse of the coin shows the profile of Emperor Constantius II on the right. Aguntum experienced its greatest economic boom during his reign. Highlighted in the background are the remains of a gate located in the artisan quarter of Aguntum.  The obverse of the coin also bears the country of issue “Republik Oesterreich;” the year of issue 2011, in the road coming through the gate; and the face value 20 euros.  This side was designed by mint engraver Herbert Waehner.

The coin’s reverse depicts a market scene in Aguntum. Elevated to a municipality 2,000 years ago, it was the center of trade in the region. In the foreground, a merchant is offering some earthen vessels containing olive oil and wine to a woman for potential purchase, while two passersby stroll along. They are all located in front of a variety of buildings of the forum.  In the distant background are the Lienz Dolomites.  Helmut Andexlinger designed the reverse.

The new silver coin has a face value of 20 euros, is struck in proof quality only and has a maximum mintage of 50,000 pieces. The coins are struck in 900 fine silver and contain 18 grams of pure silver.  Each 34-mm coin is encapsulated and comes in a box with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity.

Collectors in the United States and Canada may purchase the Aguntum coin for $69.50 USD each by calling Euro Collections International toll-free at 1-877-897-7696.  The coin may also be ordered on-line at www.eurocollections.com

A wooden case for the whole collection of six coins, decorated on the top with a facsimile of a Roman sestertius coin with a portrait of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180 A.D.) is available as well for 84.00 USD.

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