Niobium Series Coins
Combining the latest in cutting-edge technology with a longstanding tradition of exquisite craftsmanship, the Austrian Mint is unquestionably one of the most innovative, most inspiring coin producers in international numismatics. Providing powerful evidence of its pursuit of innovative, interesting coinage, the Austrian Mint’s use of the precious metal Niobium has captured the imagination of the global collector community.
This metal was discovered at the beginning of the 19th century, and was widely called niobium, having been named after Niobe, the ‘goddess of tears’ of Greek mythology.
From the early 20th century, it has found wide applications in medical, electronic, jewellery, building and nuclear industries. Thanks to the vision and technical expertise of the Austrian Mint, Niobium has been used in the production of collector coinage since 2003.
The key to Niobium’s attraction in the world of collector coinage is due to the fact that it changes colour in response to the application of heat. This has enabled the Austrian Mint to create a vast array of distinctive, unique, intricately designed legal tender commemoratives – each distinguished by its vibrant, eye-catching colour. The series comprises coins struck in pink, purple, orange and blue niobium – to name but a few – as well as two-tone niobium full-colour coins.