Celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Empress Maria Theresa in 1717, the four-coin series is based on the four cardinal virtues, which drove the only ever female ruler of the Habsburg Empire.
|Mint||Münze Österreich, Austria|
|Purity||925 / 1000|
|Dimensions (diameter, thickness)||34 mm
|Face Value||EUR 20
|Silver Content||20,74 g (2/3 oz)
Unprepared for the role of Empress, Maria Theresa (1717 to 1780) unexpectedly came to power at the age of 23 in 1740. Yet through her courage and determination – the name of the first coin in the series – right from the outset, Empress Maria Theresa stood her ground against the enemies of her Empire.
The coin’s obverse features a portrait of the Empress from a medal by engraver Matthäus Donner (1704–1756). The reverse shows a combination of images from other historical medals, the dominant one being an armed Minerva symbolising Maria Theresa’s fortitude – a virtue that meant she was not daunted by the magnitude of her role as Empress of a vast empire.
|Tax||Price including VAT.|
|Preservation||PP: Proof coin struck using a special, high-quality minting process, and made especially for collectors. Modern proof coins often have mirror-like fields and frosted devices.|