Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of Austria’s favorite sons.
The Austrian Mint celebrates the composer, and “A Life in Three
Acts,” with a three-coin set. The set will be released in 2015 to
2017. Each Proof €20 coin in the set is composed of .900 fine silver.
The first coin is the set is scheduled for release Sept. 9, 2015,
and is titled “The Wunderkind.” A wunderkind is someone who achieves a
notable measure of success at a young age.
The obverse of the first coin depicts a forward-facing young Mozart
dressed in formal attire, which he was often seen wearing while
performing for European royal courts. The engraver has captured the
details of his lace cuff and neckline very clearly.
The first name of Mozart’s three-part signature is mirrored along
the lower portion of the design. This side of the coin was designed
and engraved by Austrian Mint engraver Helmut Andexlinger and also
bears the face value, the country of issue, REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH, and
the year of issue, 2015.
The reverse, by the Austrian mint’s chief engraver Thomas
Pesedorfer, depicts the opera Bastien und Bastienne, a light-hearted
comic one-act opera. This side depicts the bringing back together of
Bastien and his girlfriend Bastienne by a spell spoken by the magician
depicted in the center. The design details the sorcerer’s cloak as
well as costumes of the two young people.
The second coin, due for release in 2016, celebrates “The Genius,”
with the final coin, “The Legend,” following in 2017.
Each coin weighs 20 grams and has a mintage limit of 50,000 pieces.
The coins will be housed in a capsule accompanied by an individual
box, with a numbered certificate of authenticity. A three-coin wooden
collector case will also be available.
Collectors in the United States and Canada may purchase the 2015
Mozart coin from the Austrian Mint’s website.
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