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Media Forum - Austrian Coins for 2009
March 31, 2009

Austrian Mint - 2009 Coins

Kerry Tattersall Marketing Director for the Austrian Mint brought news of a new 5 Euro Joseph Haydn commemorative for the 200th Anniversary of the great composers death, along with a new 50 Euro gold coin celebrating medicine and Theodor Billroth. The Billroth coin sports a wonderfully detailed design, with an operating room reverse.

Also from Austrian this year will be a 25 Euro for 400 years of Astronomy featuring Galileo Galilei and the dark side of the moon, a Richard the Lion heart 10 Euro in silver and the last two coins in the Railway series, featuring an electric train and a railway of the future.

A new series for tales and legends in Austria will begin in 2009 with a coin for the Viennese Middle Ages legend of the Basilisk struck in silver proof and denominated 10 Euro. The 200 year old struggle of the Tyrolean Resistance Fighters against Napoleon and Bavaria is honored with a great design on an affordable 5 Euro coin in 2009 and the Hapsburg Crown series of gold 100 Euros continues with the crown of the Austrian Archduke.

Stop by the Austrian Mint website for a schedule of their 2009 releases and more information on both past and present commemorative coins.

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Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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