BOLD Set: Austrian 825th Anniversary 3-Coin Collector Set
BOLD has made it easy to buy coins that are thematically grouped into sets. BOLD Collector Sets feature single coins while BOLD Stacker Sets include tubes of each coin in the set. BOLD Sets are also great gift options for that special coin collector in your life. Check back often as we add new sets regularly. This Austrian 825th Anniversary Collector Set is a great example!
This BOLD Collector Set contains one each of these three incredibly fine coins produced by The Austrian Mint. Each represents a portion of the historical events leading up to the mint’s founding and lengthy performance as one of the most highly respected mints in the world. You will not be disappointed in this truly legendary series!
In honor of their 825th anniversary, the Vienna Mint proudly presents a limited edition three-coin series detailing its fascinating story. This inaugural release features a very powerful and strikingly-detailed depiction of Duke Leopold V in full armor. This 2019 1 oz Silver Austrian 825th Anniversary Leopold V is a fitting tribute to the story of Duke Leopold V, the key historical figure who forged the difficult path to the establishment of one of the most famous and trusted mints in the world.
This second release in the series features a beautifully-detailed depiction of the original fortress of Wiener Neustadt, built by Duke Leopold V. It was the year 1191. The third crusade was raging in the Middle East, and a royal feud between Duke Leopold V of Austria and Richard “The Lionheart” of England was intensifying. Later, in 1192, as King Richard was returning from the Holy Land to his English home, Duke Leopold’s men captured and imprisoned him in the Castle of Durnstein in Österreich (as Austria was known at the time).
For King Richard to be released, Leopold forced him to pay a ransom of 35 tons of silver, accomplished through extreme taxation of his people. Duke Leopold then used this ransom in 1193-94 to build the Wiener Neustadt castle and the surrounding fortified city. It also enabled him to establish the original Mint of Vienna, which struck the country’s first silver coins
The third and final release of the series features Robin Hood, whose legend was born out of the heavy taxation imposed by England in order to pay the ransom for Richard the Lionheart. Robin Hood has since become synonymous with the struggle against oppressive taxation. As noted by the mint, “Whether Robin Hood really existed is uncertain. What is clearer, however, is that the taxation imposed on the people of England in order to raise the huge ransom caused violent social unrest in the country, which historians believe led to the origin of the legend of Robin Hood.”