The Mint of Austria have issued (12th October) the sixth and final coin in their popular “Legends of Austria” series. The final legend to be featured in this series commemorates a song written in 1679, “Du Lieber Augustin”, which is still used today as inspiration for contemporary entertainment.
Marx Augustin (1643 – 1685) was a musician who performed in public houses and on the streets of Vienna to earn his meager living. During this time, he put together this dark and melancholy song because of all the death and sadness in the town. The legend “Du Lieber Augustin” was the result of the terrible era of the black plague during the Middle Ages, at which time, many thousands of people died all across Europe and as well as in Vienna.
The obverse of the coin features a charming and detailed depiction of Augustin as he wakes up just in the nick of time to leave Vienna and the plague while he plays his bagpipes. In the background is the surprised but happy mortician who listens to Augustin’s tunes. Above the primary design is the text “REPUBLIK OESTERREICH” with the year of issue, 2011 and the face value of 10 euros on either side of Augustin. The scroll located just under the main text includes the text “WEIN” and the date 1679.
The extraordinary design shown on the reverse depicts Augustin playing his bagpipe at an outdoor table of a local pub, while a couple listens to his music and the innkeeper raises his glass to him. All of the people in the design are depicted in period dress. In the background is the main Cathedral of the City of Vienna, St. Stephen’s with the text “DU LIEBER AUGUSTIN” just under the primary design.
The coin is struck in sterling silver with a weight of 16 grams and a diameter of 32 mm. The proof quality coin is limited to 40,000 pieces.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Austrian Mint, please visit their website at: http://austrian-mint.at/