The Austrian Mint will issue (13th June) “Brigantium”, the sixth and final silver coin in the historic “Rome on the Danube” series. Brigantium (today known as Bregenz) was built in the twilight years of the Roman Empire on the eastern shore of Lake Constance, and its port is a fitting subject with which to conclude the historic series. The naval prowess of the Romans may not be the first thing one thinks of, but the Romans covered all aspects of logistics and transportation to maintain the wealth and strength of their Empire for a long time. Much of this was because of the interconnected complex of rivers and lakes found in this area of Europe, one of the most efficient and effective transportation networks for centuries.
The obverse of the coin, designed by Mint engraver Herbert Waehner, depicts a powerful portrait of the Emperor Valentinian I looking over the harbor of Brigantium. Depicted in the foreground is the golden hand of Brigantium holding a lotus flower. In the background are some of the warehouses that were used for storage and shipbuilding as well as repairs to naval ships of the Roman Empire. Along the outer edge is the text “REPUBLIK OESTERREICH”. The name of the emperor “VALENTINIAN I” as well as the face value of “20 EURO” is seen just under the portrait.
The reverse of the coin depicts a pair of Roman fast moving war ships, or navis lusoria, on Lake Constance. One of these ships is being propelled forward by a troop of Roman soldiers, while two centurions look on from a protected arch along the shore. In the background of both sides of the coin can be seen part of the Alps located just south in this region. The name of the settlement “BRIGANTIUM” and the year of issue 2012, are in the left central area of the design field. This side of the coin was designed by mint engraver Helmut Andexlinger.
The new silver coin is struck in proof quality only with a maximum mintage of 50,000 pieces. The coins are struck in .900 fine silver and weigh 20 grams with a diameter of 34 mm. Each coin is encapsulated and comes in a presentation box with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity. A wooden case for the whole collection of six coins, decorated on the top with a facsimile of a Roman “Sestertius” coin with a portrait of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180 A.D.) is also available.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Mint of Austria, please visit their website at: https://www.muenzeoesterreich.at/Filter/View/?bereich=Sammeln#&serie=Rom%20an%20der%20Donau&sort=ausgabetag&order=desc