Austrian euro coins have a unique design for each denomination, with a common theme for each of the three series of coins. The minor coins feature Austrian flowers, the middle coins examples of architecture from Austria's capital, Vienna, and the two major coins famous Austrians. All designs are by the hand of Josef Kaiser and also include the 12 stars of the EU and the year of imprint.
Austrian euro design
For images of the common side and a detailed description of the coins, see euro coins.
Future changes to the national side of circulation coins
The European Commission issued a recommendation on 19 December 2008, a common guideline for the national sides and the issuance of euro coins intended for circulation. Two sections of this recommendation stipulates that:
A new design on the Austrian euro coins is expected in the near future to comply with these new guidelines, although nothing has officially been announced.
Circulating Mintage quantities
The following table shows the mintage quantity for all Austrian euro coins, per denomination, per year (the numbers are represented in millions).
Austrian proof set
Each year the Austrian Mint issues a limited edition of its Euro coins in proof quality.
How the set looks. (2005)
€2 commemorative coins
50th Anniversary of the Austrian State Treaty (2005)
50th Anniversary of the Signature of the Treaty of Rome (2007)
Ten years of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and the birth of the euro. (2009)
Other commemorative coins (Collector's coins)
Austria has a large collection of euro commemorative coins, mainly in Silver and Gold, but they also use other materials (like Niobium for example). Their face value range from 5 euro to 100 euro. This is mainly done as a legacy of old national practice of minting Gold and Silver coins. These coins are not really intended to be used as means of payment, so generally they do not circulate. Here you can find some samples:
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