To commemorate the bicentenary of a special museum the Austrian Mint has struck a very special coin. The collection of the Joanneum at Graz spans many centuries, which is reflected to magnificent effect in the exquisitely finished ancient and modern motifs on either side of this 50 euro gold coin.
The coin’s obverse itself mixes ancient and modern in its depiction of the ‘universal’ museum’s handsomely eclectic buildings. These include its historic entrance as well as the home of its extensive art collection, the modern Kunsthaus, known affectionately as the ‘Friendly Alien’ by its creators. The year of issue, 2011, is tucked into a neatly trimmed hedge in the centre, while the reverse of the coin shows a detail of the Styrian armoury at Graz arsenal, the world's largest remaining historic arsenal. The armour of Michael Witz the Younger from Innsbruck stands in the foreground.
Struck in 10 grammes of Fine gold with a maximum mintage of 50,000 in Proof quality only, every one of these exquisite pieces comes sealed and packed along with a numbered certificate of authenticity that guarantees its specifications.
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