Austria’s Unsung Heroines Coin Series
Many coins depict portraits of famous people that left their mark in history. Even though there are generally more portraits of male heroes, quite a few female heroes can be seen on precious metal bullion coins as well. These are mythical heroes though like Lady Britannia which appears on the British Gold Britannias or Lady Liberty that can be seen on the American Gold Eagles. The Austria’s Unsung Heroines coin series that has just been launched by the Austrian Mint will however depict five real-life females that have achieved acclaim for their work in the arts or science.
The coin series will depict five creative Austrian women that are renowned for their achievements in art and science during the late 19th and early 20th century. The first gold coin in the Austria’s Unsung Heroines collectible coin series depicts the painter Tina Blau (1845–1916). Her image that can be seen on the obverse side of the coins was inspired by a photograph from her youth. The 98.6% pure 1/4 oz gold proof coins measure 22.00 mm in diameter and have an official face value of 50 Euros. Coins will go on sale this February 15th and you can order them here directly from the official website of the Austrian Mint.
Total mintage of the first gold coin in the series is limited to 20,000 coins. It remains to be seen whether this mintage limit will be the maintained for the remaining four gold coins in the Austria’s Unsung Heroines coin series. One new coin will be issued each year from now. The 2024 coin will depict the author Veza Canetti. The architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky was then chosen for the 2025 issue of the Unsung Heroines coin series and the last two coins of the series that will come out in 2026 and 2027 will respectively depict the musician Hilde Loewe-Flatter and the scientist Lise Meitner.