Both a strategic Roman garrison on the Danube and the site of the martyrdom of St Florian, Lauriacum is the penultimate coin in our six-coin Rome on the Danube series. This marvelous 20 euro silver coin celebrates both historical moments in the wonderfully intricate fashion typical of this splendid series.
* Struck from 90% pure Proof Silver.
* Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
* Presentation Packaging
* The 2011 Proof Silver Lauriacum has a limited mintage of only 50,000!
Christian Emperor Gratianus, who visited Lauriacum in AD 378, is depicted in profile on the coin’s obverse. Behind him stands St Florian, the patron saint of Austrian firefighters, holding a flag, a millstone and a palm of martyrdom. A Roman military commander, Florian refused to renounce his Christianity during Christian purges in AD 304 and paid the ultimate price when he was drowned in the River Enns at Lauriacum, which can be seen in the background of the coin’s reverse. In the foreground, a Roman ‘agrimensor’, or surveyor, involved in the construction of a bridge takes measurements with the help of a ‘groma’, while his plans and other geometrical tools lie on a table at his side. Coin Design by: Thomas Pesendorfer / Helmut Andexlinger.
Superbly struck in Proof quality with a maximum mintage of 50,000 pieces, each coin comes in a protective transparent acrylic capsule and a presentation box containing a numbered certificate of authenticity. For those keen to complete the whole six-coin collection a superb wooden case bearing the portrait of Marcus Aurelius is also available for purchase.
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