The Austrian National Bank have announced (7th November) a new €5 coin will be issued in December which honors one the country’s most well-known and certainly one of the most beautiful dances… that of the waltz.
Early mentions of dance movements relating to the waltz date back as far as the 16th century. But it was not until the late 17th century in the imperial court of Vienna that an early form of the waltz really took hold. Starting out as a simple 2-beat step, it evolved into the more complicated but very graceful ¾ time. In the 18th century in both southern Germany and Tyrol, the less graceful but probably more enjoyable dance called the Laendler that swooped couples around the dance floor was very popular. It was for many movie-goers who heard of this traditional dance for the first time when during the “Sound of Music” it was the initial dance between Captain Von Trapp and Maria. In the late 18th century the two forms of dance merged and the nobles dropped the more sedate minuet in favor of the early form of the waltz.
The 2013 Viennese Waltz 5 Euro Coin, produced at the Austrian Mint and engraved by the Mint’s chief engraver Thomas Pesendorfer depicts a most graceful couple in full swing, dancing the graceful waltz. Dressed in elegant full ballroom dress, the lady’s full skirt and scarf-trimmed arms emphasize the swish of their move to the music. Perfectly in step with her, the gentleman is shown in full tux and tails with the swing of the tails also highlighting their movement. In the background are the twinkling stars and fireworks, all adding to the festive atmosphere of a waltz. Also on this side of the coin are the words “Wiener Walzer” (Viennese Waltz) in stylized script engraved into the design in a lyrical style. The reverse design is that of the standard motif, consisting of the denomination encircled by the shields or crests of the nine federal provinces of Austria. In the center is the face value of 5 euros. Mint engraver Helmut Andexlinger is the artist behind this design.
Struck to a special uncirculated or FDC quality, the 9-sided coin is minted in .800 fine silver with a weight of 8 grams and a diameter of 28.5 mm. A total of 50,000 pieces has been authorized with a total of 5000 examples being packaged in a special English-language folder for the first time. The remainder will be packaged in a folder with the standard German text. The Austrian Mint will make this “2013” dated coin available from the 12th December – in time for Christmas gift-giving consideration. 300,000 copper versions of the Vienna Waltz coins will also be produced by the Austrian Mint for circulation in Austria and will only be available through the Austrian banking network.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Austrian Mint, Please visit their website at: http://www.muenzeoesterreich.at/eng Information is offered in English. International orders fulfilled.