ALLEGORIES: AUSTRIA & GERMANIA – 2021 5 Mark 1oz silver BU
Austria & Germania is the fourth coin from Germania Mint’s Allegories, coming to Collectors in 2021. The whole series depicts personifications of countries around the world in a form of beautiful, sensual and strong women. The Allegories coins are created in one diameter of 38.61 mm and four different heights and weights, from 3 mm for 1 oz coin to 25.85 mm for 10 oz coin, which is exceptional not only because of its thickness the blanks, from which it has been minted, were processed manually.
According to the previous series, the image on the reverse is the coat of arms representing moral principles and noble values. Germania was a historical land and has never been an official country, that is why we have decided to create our own interpretation of its coat of arms. Its symbols and design are a creation of our imagination, however it has been created in accordance with applicable heraldry rules.
The crowned shield has been divided into four parts, from which each has a traditional meaning, precisely defined by heraldry. The shield itself is a symbol of truth, loyalty and trust. The crown equals authority and nobility as well as chivalry.
Germania Mint’s visualisation of Bicephalous eagle is a Roman mythology symbol associated with Janus, god of all origins, guardian of doors, gates, passages and bridges, the patron of contracts and alliances. Heads facing the opposite sides symbolize the past and the future.
The check pattern refers to wisdom and prudence – characteristics of every noble sovereign.
The gold ribbon with three flowers represent the determining values of a strong and independent nation – unity, integrity and freedom.
The wild boar – a symbol of mightiness, was a very popular and respectful animal in the Roman Empire. Legio I Italica, Legio X Fretensis and Legio XX Valeria Victrix are three of the most famous Roman legions with a boar in their emblem.
The Coat of Arms is surrounded by a wreath of oak leaves. Wreath symbolizes loyalty, stability and national unity. In mythology and ancient times, only people who wielded enormous power – spirit, muscle or magic, were allowed to wear it.
All values presented in the symbolism above, were respected by Germania and Austria.
The obverse of the coin presents the personifications of Austria and Germania, depicted as young and beautiful women. In the past, Lady Austria was regarded as the epitome of the multi-ethnic country… In the artistic vision of Germania Mint, she is holding a spear, which symbolizes the axis of the world, power, dignity and honour. Austria’s head is decorated with a laurel wreath, a symbol with multiple positive meanings, whilst Germania is crowned with a branch of an oak – the tree that has accompanied her from the very beginning of the series. In turn, our heroine holds her inherent attribute – the imperial sword “Reichsschwert”. Closeness between the two germanic amazons represents friendship between both cultures.
Protected with a high quality capsule, a Certificate of Authenticity provides all the necessary information and guarantees the coins value.