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Silver Proof Coin
The Basilisk of Vienna

Product No. 15199

€  49.09

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Wonderfully reminiscent of the period it portrays, the Basilisk of Vienna is the fitting first coin in the Austrian Mint’s evocative series, Austrian Tales and Legends. Dating from the 13th century, the classic tale tells of a beast that terrorised the medieval streets of the Austrian capital.

Part lizard, part toad, part rooster, the Basilisk, as legend has it, lived under a baker’s shop in Schönlaterngasse in medieval Vienna, shown in its present form on the obverse of this marvellous 10 euro silver coin. To look into the Basilisk’s eyes meant instant death until a brave baker’s apprentice, in return for the hand of the baker’s daughter, turned the terrifying beast to stone with the help of a mirror that confronted the Basilisk with its own horrible appearance. This scene is vividly depicted on the coin’s reverse.

Struck in 925 Sterling silver, the Basilisk of Vienna is available in Proof quality with a maximum mintage of 40,000 and in Special Uncirculated quality with a maximum mintage of 30,000. Both coins are issued in attractive packaging and a special album resembling a handsome old book of classic tales for collecting all six Proof coins in this fantastic series is also available for purchase.

Date of Issue 15 April 2009
Quality Proof
Series Austrian Tales and Legends
Face Value 10 Euro
Coin Design Thomas Pesendorfer
Diameter 32.00 mm
Alloy Silver Ag 925
Fine Weight 16.00 g
Total Weight 17.30 g
Packaging Comes in a case complete with a numbered certificate of authenticity and protective slipcase
Year Uncirculated Proof Special Uncirculated
2009 130.000 40.000 30.000

Wonderfully reminiscent of the period it portrays, the Basilisk of Vienna is the fitting first coin in the Austrian Mint’s evocative series, Austrian Tales and Legends. Dating from the 13th century, the classic tale tells of a beast that terrorised the medieval streets of the Austrian capital.

Part lizard, part toad, part rooster, the Basilisk, as legend has it, lived under a baker’s shop in Schönlaterngasse in medieval Vienna, shown in its present form on the obverse of this marvellous 10 euro silver coin. To look into the Basilisk’s eyes meant instant death until a brave baker’s apprentice, in return for the hand of the baker’s daughter, turned the terrifying beast to stone with the help of a mirror that confronted the Basilisk with its own horrible appearance. This scene is vividly depicted on the coin’s reverse.

Struck in 925 Sterling silver, the Basilisk of Vienna is available in Proof quality with a maximum mintage of 40,000 and in Special Uncirculated quality with a maximum mintage of 30,000. Both coins are issued in attractive packaging and a special album resembling a handsome old book of classic tales for collecting all six Proof coins in this fantastic series is also available for purchase.

Date of Issue 15 April 2009
Quality Proof
Series Austrian Tales and Legends
Face Value 10 Euro
Coin Design Thomas Pesendorfer
Diameter 32.00 mm
Alloy Silver Ag 925
Fine Weight 16.00 g
Total Weight 17.30 g
Packaging Comes in a case complete with a numbered certificate of authenticity and protective slipcase
Year Uncirculated Proof Special Uncirculated
2009 130.000 40.000 30.000

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