The Austrian Mint on May 6 will issue a 2015 commemorative silver €5
coin in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Austrian Federal Army (Bundesheer).
The modern Austrian army was formed in 1955 when the post-World War
II Allied occupation of Austria ended with the signing of the Austrian
State Treaty, declaring Austria a neutral, peaceful country.
The reverse of the silver coin depicts a rescue operation during a
peacekeeping mission. The Blackhawk helicopter, key to such
undertakings, hovers in place while army personnel perform a rescue,
with a military member in the foreground. The reverse also bears the
words 60 JAHRE BUNDESHEER (60 Years Austrian Federal Army), the
anniversary dates 1955 2015, and the words SCHUTZ UND HILFE (meaning
protection and help, as in a search and rescue operation).
The reverse was designed and engraved by mint engraver Herbert Waehner.
The obverse of the nine-sided coin is Austria’s standard €5 design,
the denomination encircled by the shields of the nine federal
provinces of Austria.
Signed on May 15, 1955, the Austria State Treaty brought an end to
the occupation of the country in the aftermath of World War II. When
American forces left Austria, the United States also left vehicles,
munitions and uniforms, which were greatly needed by the new Austrian
The Special Uncirculated 2015 .800 fine silver €5 coin weighs 10
grams and measures 28.5 millimeters in diameter. The coin has a
maximum mintage of 50,000 pieces, and each coin is sealed in an
informative blister pack.
Collectors in the United States and Canada may purchase the Austrian
Army coin by contacting the Austrian Mint website.
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