Since 2012, Austria has issued a series of 10 euros federal-state challenge coins in the “Austria in Children’s Eyes” series. According to the distribution plans of 10 themes in 9 federal-states and 1 Austria area, the series of custom made coins are issued twice a year. Each of them is divided into refined silver coins, general silver coins and copper coins, which are issued in 2016. Now let us have a look at two representative challenge coins.
Kärnten Challenge Coins
The Kärnten State Challenge Coin was issued in September 2012. The original author sketched the blue sky, white clouds, the clear sea waters and the warm sun. Animals and plants grow quite well in a pretty & natural environment.
In addition, the little worm described by the boy is a legendary animal in Kärnten. In the 13th century, there was a legend that a scale insect was inhabited near Klagenfurt. Every time it was evil, the river flooded and the people complained.
Several young people responded to the call of the local dignitaries and used the bulls as bait to induce the worms to swallow and eventually kill them. Later, a rhinoceros skull was found in a cave near Klagenfurt, and the legend was taken seriously.
The Kärnten State Challenge Coin was designed by Thomas, the chief designer of the Austrian Mint. The front of the coin is the words “Austrian Republic”.
The picture shows a young hunter dressed in a hunting suit, ready to fly the Falcon. The words on the side are “The falconry.” The distant background is the castle of Lanskron in Villach.
The pretty coins highly reproduce the original painting, presenting a warm and harmonious picture scroll vividly. We can feel the happy life of the local people from the custom coins.
Salzburg State Commemorative Coins
The Salzburg State Commemorative Coins were issued on May 7, 2014. The state of Salzburg is located in central Austria, adjacent to the five states, and its population is at the end of Austria, but their cultural life is extremely rich. From the front of the commemorative coins, we can see that the designer uses a layered setting from far and near, with the shallow description of the Salz Castle in the distance, to bring out the old Baroque-style architecture that reflects the viewer’s eyes. The carving process and the deliberately bold style of the pavilion building all show the designer’s excellent detail processing ability.
The close-up old town is a collection of historical and cultural buildings that the locals are proud of, such as the University Church, the Nongberg Convent, the Salzburg Museum and the Archbishop’s Mansion Fountain. Salzburg means “salt castle” in German because the whole city is built along the meandering Salt River.
Interestingly, the silver and copper awesome coins of this Salzburg commemorative coin are different on the left side of the words “Austrian Republic”: the “European Star” symbol with the European Coin Plan on the silver coins, but not on the copper coins.
In the Salzburg State, the challenge coins with local characteristics like this will definitely become fashion coins.
Moreover, if you are a tourist, collecting such custom made coins is a wonderful idea.
The Austria Challenge coins have distinctive features and a fascinating appearance. Presumably, most Austrians or tourists will buy and fall in love with such challenge coins for sale.