The Austrian Mint in Vienna, Austria has been producing innovative coinage and currency for over 800 years, making it one of the oldest continuously-producing minting institutions in the world. In fact, the Mint traces its roots back to the year 1194 when an enormous silver treasure—from a ransom paid to free England's King Richard the Lionhearted, taken prisoner in Vienna on his way back from the Crusades—was used to create silver coins for the Austrian empire. This was all during the reign of the Duke Leopold V. The Austrian Mint is located in the heart of Vienna’s culture and bustle and has been since 1989, a fairly new mint - but with old, old history.

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