The Austrian Mint has launched the first silver Proof coins in a new three-part series entitled “The White Gold of the Salzkammergut,” which tells the story of the start of an important trade back in time.
The coins are designed by Kathrin Kuntner and Rebecca Wilding. Their collective depictions feature the early and successful traditions and mining techniques from the prehistoric times of Hallstatt. The obverse side features the image of a working scene of ancient miners from an underground salt mine of the day. The extraction and transport of salt is inspired by artistic depictions on bronze vessels from the Iron Age, especially the buckets used to haul the salt out of the mine. The reverse side details two deer antler picks with bronze tips from the prehistoric mines. The background includes a collage of design and imagery seen on other implements and artefacts found during archaeological excavations. The text REPUBLIK OSTERREICH is placed along the upper left rim with the denomination 20 EURO and the year of release 2024 is placed just to the lower left of the primary design.
Available from the 14th February, each Proof-quality silver coin is encapsulated and presented in a heavy-gauge card case complete with a numbered certificate of authenticity and protective slipcase.
A custom-designed collector case like no other is also available as a separate purchase. In the shape of a natural crystal of salt, the practical, simple, and yet sophisticated format and shape emphasise the historical importance of salt in the development of civilisation. Divisible into four parts that are held together by magnets, the crystal not only provides space for all three coins in the series but also their certificates and the companion book to the series, which is also available separately.
The series, when complete, will focus on salt mining, trade, and historic rites developed with the commerce of the salt trade throughout the ages providing a vivid picture of the prehistoric beginnings of a unique cultural and industrial landscape. For additional information, please click here.