This brilliant new Anniversary three-coin series from the Austrian Mint beautifully illustrates the founding of the Vienna Mint and helps recreate the fascinating story.
portraits Leopold V. on on ruthenium and Gold plated Coin.
In 1191, two crusaders, Duke Leopold V of Austria and King Richard ‘The Lionheart’ of England, got into an argument during the capture of the city of Acre. In December 1192, on his way back home from the Holy Land, Richard was taken prisoner by Leopold on the outskirts of Vienna. The huge ransom in silver, which Leopold managed to extort from the English people in return for Richard’s release, led to the origin of the legend of Robin Hood. Leopold used the silver to found both the stronghold of Wiener Neustadt and the original Mint in Vienna
Obverse: Features a crusader on horseback, part of Leopold's crusade along with the year, weight and face value.
Reverse: Portrays Duke Leopold V of Vienna ready for battle.
This coin is no longer legal tender because it is an adapted/altered version of an original “legal tender”, enhanced by a private Mint, which is not related in any way to The Austrian Mint.
|Weight (g)||1 oz|
|Presentation case (box)||Yes|
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