Slovakia continues it's Bratislava Coronations Series with the 275th anniversary of the coronation of Maria Theresa coin.
The series, which began in 2012, honours historical monarchs of Slovakia on the anniversary of their coronations which were held in Bratislava. The 2016 issue is dedicated to Maria Theresa who was coroneted on the 25th of June 1741 at St. Martin's Cathedral. She reigned until her death in 1780.
Maria Theresa had 16 children, 11 of which survived to adulthood. She inherited a Austria that seemed to be on the verge of collapse. After her nearly 40 year rule the country and the region was left revitalized, strong and remained influential throughout Europe well into the 19th century.
The obverse of this 100 Euro gold coin depicts the front facing portrait of Maria Theresa seated next to the crown,with the legend “BRATISLAVE 1741” and “KORUNOVACIA MARIE TEREZIE” (Coronation of Maria Theresa).
The reverse depicts the Queen riding in a carriage surrounded by the royal guard while an enthusiastic crowd looks on. The castles and churches of Bratislava are visible in the background. The reverse legend announces the country of issue, denomination and date(Slovakia, 100 Euros and 2016) with the mintmarks flanking the portrait on either side.
At the time of her death her full titles act as an indication of her influence and reach in Europe. These would be :
Maria Theresa, by the Grace of God, Dowager Empress of the Romans, Queen of Hungary, of Bohemia, of Dalmatia, of Croatia, of Slovenia, of Galicia, of Lodomeria, etc.; Archduchess of Austria; Duchess of Burgundy, of Styria, of Carinthia and of Carniola; Grand Princess of Transylvania; Margravine of Moravia; Duchess of Brabant, of Limburg, of Luxemburg, of Guelders, of Württemberg, of Upper and Lower Silesia, of Milan, of Mantua, of Parma, of Piacenza, of Guastalla, of Auschwitz and of Zator; Princess of Swabia; Princely Countess of Habsburg, of Flanders, of Tyrol, of Hainault, of Kyburg, of Gorizia and of Gradisca; Margravine of Burgau, of Upper and Lower Lusatia; Countess of Namur; Lady of the Wendish Mark and of Mechlin; Dowager Duchess of Lorraine and Bar, Dowager Grand Duchess of Tuscany.
The commemorative gold €100 coin has a diameter of 26mm, weighs in at 9.5 gram and id struck from .900Fineness gold. The coin has a planned mintage of 4300 coins, and was designed by Vladimír Pavlica.