May 13th, 2011

New from the Austrian Mint

The Austrian Mint has issued the fifth silver coin in the series “Tales and Legends of Austria”. The new coin recounts the legend of the Lindworm of Klagenfurt, which used to hinder trade in the Klagenfurt area of Carinthia in southern Austria.

The obverse of the coin depicts the Lindworm fountain and the statue of Hercules in the central square of the “Neuer Platz” in Klagenfurt. The Hercules statue represents the strength of the men who slew the Lindworm, a small dragon with tiny wings. To the left of the Lindworm fountain in the background are two towers, which are located on the provincial administration building of the province of Carinthia.  Between the fountain and the Hercules statue is another tower, which is part of a hotel located on this square. The country of issue, “Republik Oesterreich” Republic of Austria, is located in a semi-circle in the upper left quadrant and the face value of 10 euros is in the lower half, integrated into the base of the fountain. The scroll above the design reads “Lindwurm” or Lindworm. The mint’s chief engraver Thomas Pesendorfer designed this side of the coin.

The reverse depicts the capture of the Lindworm. On the left-hand side is the tower built to capture the Lindworm. Two men protect themselves behind the solid stonewall, while through the small window a heavy chain is stretched and the hooked barb is entangled in the mouth of the angry Lindworm. Mint engraver Helmut Andexlinger designed the reverse.

The 10-euro silver coin is struck in sterling silver and is available in either of two finishes: proof with a maximum mintage of 40,000 pieces, or in special uncirculated finish, with a maximum mintage of 30,000 coins. The proof version comes in an attractive box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. The special uncirculated coin is sold in a colorful and informative bilingual (German and English) blister pack.

A collector album resembling a “classic” book of tales is also available for separate purchase. It is designed to accommodate the complete “Legends and Tales of Austria” series. The interior of the album will hold all six proof coins in capsules on the right side and the certificates of authenticity and promotional brochure on the left.

The sixth and final coin of “Tales and Legends in Austria” will be issued in October, remembering the merry song of “Der Liebe Augustin” or Dear Augustin.

Collectors in the United States and Canada may purchase the “Lindworm” coin for $62.50 U.S. for the proof edition and $57.50 U.S. for the special uncirculated variation by calling Euro Collections International toll-free at 1-877-897-7696. The coin may also be ordered on-line at www.eurocollections.com.

 

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