Austrian 10-Euro Coins
2002 - 1 - Ambras Castle  
2004 Schloss Artstetten

Although only one of several residences, Franz Ferdinand chose Artstetten to house his family crypt.  Both he and his wife, the
Duchess Sophie von Hohenberg, were buried there after their murder in Sarajevo in 1914.  A museum in the castle documents
the Archduke's life and tragic end.

The coin's obverse shows the castle, as seen clearly from a distance against a background of green woods and hills.  
Adjoining the square block of the castle is the church, which stands above the burial crypt of the Hohenberg family.

The reverse shows the entrance to the crypt itself.  Two cameo portraits to the left show Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his
beloved wife, Sophie.  The portraits are based on those which appear on their stone tombs in the crypt.

2005 60th Anniversary of the 2nd Republic

The top portion of reverse of the coin, depicts the impressive National Parliament building, located in the capital city, Vienna.
The building was designed by Theophil Hansen.  A broken chain stylistically flows through the middle of the coin, below which
is depicted a cheering crowd – all celebrating the beginning of a new and democratic era.

2005 50th Anniversary of the Reopening of the Burgtheater and Opera House

The obverse of the 2005 coin depicts the two classically designed buildings; the National Theatre juxtaposed slightly behind
the Opera House, along with the face value of 10 euros, the year of issue 2005 and the country of issue Republik Oesterreich
(Republic of Austria.)  Two classic symbols of the theatre, the masks of comedy and tragedy, framed by the stage are on the
reverse of the coin.  Also, on the reverse are the words “Wiedereroeffnung von Burg and Oper 1955,” (Re-opening of the
National Theatre and Opera, 1955)
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The reverse side of the coin has a portrait of scholar and astronomer, Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), who spent some time
teaching in Graz and the surrounding areas.  Kepler was acquainted with Hans Ulrich Eggenberg personally, and most
probably he knew and influenced the construction of Eggenberg Castle.  In the foreground of the design is a model of his
“Mysterium Cosmographicum”.   The obverse carries the inscriptions, "Republik Österreich", "10 euro" and "2002".   The front
was designed by A. Zanaschka, the reverse by Thomas Pesendorfer.  It is .925 Silver, has a diameter of 32mm, weighs 16g,
and was first issued October 9th, 2002.

2003 Schloss Hof

The reverse of the coin depicts two gardeners in clothing typical of the Baroque period who are tending the formal flower beds.

The original castle was acquired by the general and patron of the arts, Prince Eugene of Savoy, who had it extended and
remodeled into a Baroque palace.  The Prince had grown very rich in the victorious wars that liberated Hungary from the Turks
and had acquired several grand residences.  His Belvedere Palace in Vienna is one of the most beautiful and famous in the
Austrian capital, and his Town (or Winter) Palace once housed the Vienna Mint and now serves the Ministry of Finance.

Schloss Hof was renowned for its splendid gardens, which are now slowly being reconstructed after more than a century of
neglect. The entire Palace and grounds are being restored and revitalized to their former Baroque glory.  Prince Eugene
employed some 1,500 gardeners in his palaces to tend the elaborate gardens.

2003 Schonebrunn

Taking its name from a fountain (schoener Brunnen) in the park, it was first built into a summer residence by the Emperor
Leopold I (1658-1705).  It was the Austrian response to Versailles in France.  The palace was enlarged and completed by
Leopold’s granddaughter, the Empress Maria Theresa (1741-1780) in the Rococo style.  Today, the Palace of Schoenbrunn
remains most closely associated with the great Empress and her Court.

During its long history Schoenbrunn has not only seen emperors and empresses, archdukes and archduchesses of the
imperial family, but also famous figures such as Mozart and Napoleon, and in more recent times, the presidents of the U.S.A.
and the Soviet Union, John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev, as well as Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.  The palace and
its gardens are one of the foremost tourist attractions in Austria.

2004 Schloss Hellbrunn (circulation type example)

In the background is the so-called "Roman Theatre" in Hellbrunn with tall jets of water springing up from the stools on either
side of a stone table.

The coin is 0.9250 purity, 32 millimetres in diameter and contains 16 grams of fine silver.  It has a face value of 10 euros and
is the fifth in the Austrian Palaces series which began in 2002.
The Renaissance Castle of Ambras in Tyrol.  The first
Austrian EURO silver coin.  The obverse of the coin
shows the view of the castle from the garden side. The
present appearance of the castles dates from its
remodeling in the renaissance style, at a time when
luxury and comfort had replaced considerations of
defense as the chief priority.  Archduke Ferdinand II of
Tyrol (1529-1595) rebuilt Ambras for his love, Philippine
Welser, the daughter of a wealthy patrician from
The third silver commemorative in the series “Austrian Palaces”,  it commemorates
the castle of Schloss Hof, located on the Marchfeld (the plains to the east of
Vienna) on the border of today’s Slovakia and the Great Hungarian Plain.

The obverse of the coin shows a view of the castle from the garden side.  
Inscriptions include “Republik Österreich” (Austria) , the year of issue “2003” and the
legal tender face value of “10 euros”.
The fourth Silver commemorative coin in the series "Austrian Palaces"  The coin is
dedicated to the Schoenbrunn Palace.

The obverse of the 10 Euro coin shows the central part of the facade of the palace
behind one of the great fountains in the forecourt. The reverse depicts the lovely
greenhouse known as the "Palmenhaus".  Built in the 19th century, it was at the time
the largest steel and glass structure in Europe and housed exotic plants from all
corners of the globe.
The baroque castle of Hellbrunn was built just outside the city of Salzburg by
Marcus Sitticus, the Prince-Archbishop from 1612 to 1619.

The obverse of the coin depicts the entrance to Hellbrunn Castle from its forecourt.
In the background are some mountains indicating Salzburg's location on the
northern rim of the alpine chain. The reverse of the coin features a waist-up portrait
of Archbishop Marcus Sitticus holding a construction plan for the Salzburg cathedral.
This coin commemorates the castle of Artstetten, one of Austria's most famous and
most beautiful residences.

The castle of Artstetten stands high above the Danube River on the threshold to the
region known as the Wachau.  First recorded in the 13th century, the castle today
presents an impressive sight from afar, with its corner towers and characteristic
onion-domes.  It had been acquired by the imperial family and was passed on to
Archduke Franz Ferdinand by his father, Karl Ludwig.
This 10 Euro sterling silver coin honours the “60 Years of the Second Republic”.
Pallas Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom graces the obverse of the coin as well
as the front of the Austrian national parliament building.  Together with the shields
of the nine federal provinces, she represents the Republic itself.  The nine shields
are located along the right edge of the coin.  Along the upper left edge are the
words “Republik Oesterreich”, the republic of Austria, “2005” the year of issue, as
well as the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the second republic, is located
along the lower left side.  The obverse also bears the face value of 10 euros.
This coin celebrates the 50th anniversary of the re-opening of the rebuilt National
Theatre (Burgtheater) and the National Opera.

It is hard to convey the significance of these re-openings in a city as proud of its
cultural heritage as Vienna.  It symbolised to people both at home and abroad a
return to normality, of putting the horrors of war behind one, of Vienna once again
assuming a leading role in world culture.
He had secretly married her in 1557 as she was not regarded as a suitable match for his exalted rank.  Ambras Castle outside
Innsbruck would give her a fitting residence, out of the public eye and close to Ferdinand's seat of government.  The obverse
carries the inscriptions, "Republik Österreich", "10 euro" and "2002".  The front was designed by A. Zanaschka, the reverse by
Herbert Wähner.  It is 0.925 Silver, has a diameter of 32mm, weighs 16g, and was first issued April 24th 2002.

2002 - 2 - Eggenberg Castle
The obverse of the coin shows a frontal view of the impressive Eggenberg Castle.  
Built by Hans Ulrich Eggenberg (1568-1634), the castle reflects the then current
fascination with astronomy. The four massive towers represent the four elements; the
365 windows the days of the year; the 24 reception rooms the hours of a day, etc.  
The construction began in 1625 and was completed in 1642, only after Hans Ulrich?s