Special Uncirculated coins are designed to meet the most exacting standards. As a ‘first strike’– an early strike in a series struck from a new die – each one combines state-of-the-art technology and precision craftsmanship to turn a simple metal blank into a coin finished in such a way as to accentuate the beauty of its design. Immediately after minting each coin is quality checked and packed with care to ensure that every single Special Uncirculated coin is an unblemished masterpiece.
Proof quality coins are the fruit of the very highest level of minting craftsmanship and processing. Only after 22 different high-precision preparatory steps is the die used to strike the first blank, which is then subjected to the most rigorous technical demands. The interplay between a Proof coin’s polished and frosted surfaces provides the ideal environment for numismatic artists to display their skills and creates a unique visual experience. Before each coin leaves the Austrian Mint it is scrutinised in great detail to guarantee that design, craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technology have successfully transformed a simple piece of metal into a work of art.