The Austrian Mint have released the fourth coin in their on-going artistic series entitled “The Magic of Gold,” which traces the mysterious nature of gold craftsmanship in ancient cultures. The fourth coin in the series of six focuses on the nomadic Scythian people who had a talent for celebrating animals with exquisite examples dated more than 2,500 years old. Their detailed talent was helped by an extraordinary sense of beauty that was awakened and nourished by the brilliance of gold.
Designed by Helmut Andexlinger and Herbert Wähner, the obverse side of the coin depicts a Scythian warrior on horseback galloping in from the right-hand side. The horse and rider are partly obscured by an ornamental band, as are a cauldron, a plough, and an axe by another ornamental band in the background on the left-hand side. The text REPUBLIK OSTERREICH, denomination of 100 EURO, and year of issue 2022 areplaced to the left of the primary design. The image on the reverse is that of a golden centrepiece, probably from the later Scythian period, depicting animals locked in combat. The original item on which the design is based can be found in the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg and is from the collection of Czar Peter the Great.
|10 g||28.5 mm||Proof||
Each Proof-quality gold coin is encapsulated and presented in a heavy-gauge card case complete with a numbered certificate of authenticity and protective slipcase. A custom hardwood collector case to store all the coins in the “Magic of Gold” series is available as a separate item. The fitted brass inlay on the lid provides a relevant reference to the six gold coins held within. For additional information about this series, please visit the website of the Austrian Mint.