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2017 Austria €5 New Year Silver BU Coin "Waltzing in the New Year: Blue Danube"

RSM Price: $27.50
Item Number: AT17AGBU1
  • Mint: Austrian Mint
  • Denomination: €5
  • Quality: BU
  • Limit: 50,000
  • Alloy: 80% Silver
  • Diameter: 28.5 mm
  • Weight: 8 grams
  • Comes in a printed blister pack
 

Additional Information

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This fourth New Year's issue celebrates the New Year’s concert performed each year by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which is broadcast live to an international audience with an estimated 90 million listeners worldwide.

This year’s coin celebrates the 150th anniversary of the classical tune “An der schönen blauen Donau,” or “The Blue Danube,” which was composed by Johann Strauss II (1825–1899) in 1866 and was first performed the next year. Considered Austria’s unofficial national anthem, this tune was heard by the nation on April 29, 1945, on the occasion of the proclamation of Austria’s independence just before the official end of hostilities of the Second World War. Since no national anthem was available, “The Blue Danube” was played in front of Parliament.

Perhaps one of the most widely recognized pieces of classical music of all time, “The Blue Danube” is traditionally performed as the first tune during the annual concert, and it has become synonymous with the celebration of the New Year for many Austrians. The concert has been held since 1938 at the Wiener Musikverein (Viennese Music Association), a splendid venue designed in Neoclassical style and inaugurated in 1870.

The reverse was designed and engraved by Herbert Waehner and features cellists and bassists performing before the silhouette of a conductor in action. The background is filled by a pipe organ decorated with flowers, as is customary for the annual New Year’s concert.

The obverse was designed by Helmut Andexlinger. At the center of the coin is the number 5, indicating the five-euro denomination of the issue. Surrounding this feature are nine shields that represent the nine federal provinces of Austria. Inscribed along the rim of the design is REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH and EURO.

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