Skip to comments.Austria €10 Richard the Lionheart Silver Coins Issued [Redhead Caucus]
Posted on 02/22/2011 5:27:33 PM PST by WPaCon
The Austrian Mint in Vienna is issuing the second coin in its 10 silver commemorative series "Tales and Legends in Austria". The theme of the new coin is the captivity of the English king, Richard I, on his homeward journey from the Third Crusade in 1192 and the legend of his loyal friend and troubadour who is said to have discovered in which castle the king was being held.
Austria 10 Richard the Lionheart Silver Coin
The first part of the story is indeed history. Richard, called the "Lionhearted" even in his lifetime, mortally offended Duke Leopold V of Austria and the German knights in the crusader army by having the dukes banner torn down from the walls of the captured city of Acre and letting it be trampled in the dust.
Thereupon the duke and the German contingent broke off from the army and returned angrily to Europe. They were soon followed by the French king, who was ill and worried about his home territories, and who didnt get along with Richard either. When it came time for Richard to return home, he knew Europe to be seething with his enemies. He travelled incognito, disguised as a pilgrim, and with only a handful of followers.
Wrecked in the Adriatic Sea, Richard the Lionheart found himself constrained to cross the territories of the Austrian duke. In Erdberg (at that time just outside Vienna) he was recognised and seized. The legend says that he was betrayed by paying with some Byzantine gold coins from Constantinople and that he had tried to escape detection by posing as a kitchen boy in the local inn, slowly roasting a chicken on a spit.
Duke Leopold imprisoned Richard in the castle of Dürnstein on the River Danube while he negotiated with the Holy Roman Emperor, Henry VI, over the terms of the surrender of his royal captive and the sum of the kings ransom which they would jointly demand.
We now enter the realm of myth and legend. King Richard had disappeared on leaving the Holy Land and it is more than likely that his subjects did not know of his exact location until well after his capture outside Vienna. His boon-companion, the troubadour or minstrel Blondel, set out to find the king. Blondel travelled through southern Germany and down the Danube singing beneath the walls of each castle he encountered.
At last under the walls of Durnstein, high above the fast flowing Danube, he recognised the kings voice answering his song. Richard was alive and in Dürnstein. He charged Blondel to spread word of his captivity back to England. Some versions of the legend even maintain that Blondel sought to help him escape.
The Blondel legend may have some basis in historical fact. Certainly Richards loyal officers would have been seeking his whereabouts, until they learned of his detention by the Austrian duke and the subsequent ransom demand by the Emperor Henry VI.
Richards brother, Prince John, was not at all anxious to see Richards release, but his mother, Queen Eleanor, was determined to see the ransom of 100,000 Cologne Marks of silver (approximately 23 tons) raised. Duke Leopold was excommunicated by the pope for laying hands on a returning crusader, but with his half of the ransom he rebuilt the walls of Vienna and other towns. In 1194 he founded a mint in Vienna to strike the silver into coins. That mint was the ancestor of the present day Austrian Mint, striking coins in the city now for over 800 years! Coin Design, Specifications and Mintages
The new 10 silver coin depicts Blondel on his horse beneath a romantic castle of Dürnstein. He strums his mandolin and sings the song which Richard recognises. The legend has it that Richard had composed the piece himself. The reverse shows the seizure of Richard the Lionheart in the kitchen of the inn at Erdberg. Leopold and two soldiers apprehend him despite his disguise as a kitchen help tending a roast chicken. Beneath the pilgrims cloak he wears, can be seen the three lions of England emblazoned on his chest.
The new coin with a face value of 10 is struck in sterling silver (925 fine) to a maximum mintage of 40,000 pieces in proof quality, 30,000 pieces in special uncirculated quality and 130,000 in circulation quality issued at face value through the banks. The proof version is accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity and an attractive album for the proof series can be acquired separately. The special uncirculated coin is vacuum packed in a colourful and informative blister pack.
The series continues in April next year with a coin recounting the legend of the discovery of the iron rich area of "Eisenerz" in Styria. Type: Silver, Ag 925 Finish: Proof, Special Uncirculated, Circulation Edge: Plain Diameter: 32 mm Fine Weight: 16 g Mintage: Proof: 40,000 Spc.Unc: 30,000 Unc: 130,000 Face Value: 10 euro Designer: Thomas Pesendorfer
About the Austrian Mint
The Austrian Mint is situated in the heart of Vienna and is the official minting authority for Austria with a 800 year history.
The Mint is the source for all Austrian Euro and Cent coins, whether they are intended for shopping, as an investment or for collection. Before the Euro, the Schilling and Groschen coins were minted, and before that during the monarchy Crowns, Guilders and Ducats were struck by the Austrian Mint.
The company is located close to the centre at the Vienna Stadtpark in a Biedermeier building erected under Emperor Ferdinand I. from 1835 to 1837. Today it accommodates one of the most modern mints in the world.
I demands a definition of red ;-P Can a person who has dyed their head red post? Can a red head who dyed their hair a different color post? ;-P
“Can Lindsey Lohan post? She once had beautiful red hair. Now she has blonde straw. (She also used to be a very talented actress. So sad.)”
“I demands a definition of red ;-P Can a person who has dyed their head red post? Can a red head who dyed their hair a different color post? ;-P”
These are some very difficult questions. I feel we may need a caucus convention to define the rules.
Can we daywalkers attend the convention, or is gingers only?
“Can we daywalkers attend the convention, or is gingers only?”
You can attend, but you might not get full voting privileges.
My hair color is what used to be called "Titian," after the painter, who seemed to prefer the color for the women in his paintings. It is a dark color, and I have brown eyes, and do not have the creamy "Irish" complexion most often associated with redheads. Alas, the gray is creeping forward apace.
Another ‘red’ checking in :)
Is thinking redheads are hot enough?
So why is Austria celebrating kidnapping an ally anyhow? Nice coins.
how about we have a Caucus of Caucuses — only those who say they are a caucus or belong to a caucus can join in? ;)
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What if your mother was a redhead? I have tons of red highlights on chestnut and if I tried to dye my hair blonde it would turn red instead. In evening lighting I can pass for red and I have galaxies of freckles.
I have four or five red hairs in my beard. Does that count?
Who is shocked that a European country still has the stones to celebrate a Christian Crusader King?
Although the movie is Robin Hood, the most current version is actually about the events described in this post. As I watched the movie I denounced the historical revision it seemed to portray. After watching I drug out my trusty Will Durant Volume to learn the movie was pretty much dead on historically accurate.
I recommend getting and watching the movie........ it is good
I'm teetering on the edge of this requirement. Shoot, time keeps going by. By next week I may not qualify...
What was this thread about again?
The memory starts to go too...
Coin interest bump! Sorry, the hair I have left is brown.
These issues will be addressed at the redhead caucus convention. It is February 29th 2011, if you wish to participate.