Mintage of just 500 rounds!
One of the most beloved and popular Christmas carols of all time, Silent Night was written and first performed by village priest Joseph Mohr and schoolmaster and organist Franz Xaver Gruber on Christmas Eve 1818. Worldwide mintage of just 500 rounds (ASW 1.108 oz)!
Entitled Stille Nacht, heilige Nachtin the original German, the song’s popularity is such that it has been translated into 140 different languages and been recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to the Vienna Boy’s Choir, selling tens of millions of copies worldwide. It was even sung in German, French and English simultaneously in the trenches of the Western Front during the Christmas truce of 1914.
The church of St Nicholas was destroyed by flooding in the early 20th century but in its place stands the Silent Night Memorial Chapel, built with donations over a 12-year period and finished in 1937. Today people from all over the world visit the tiny chapel depicted on the reverse of this divine little medal in an idyllic winter landscape in which the Star of Bethlehem leaves the words “Happy Christmas” in its trail. The other side of this mini masterpiece features the opening lines of Silent Night written on a song sheet adorned with traditional Christmas poinsettias.
The Vienna Mint was originally situated near Hoher Merkt and later at various locations in Vienna. Since the first half of the 19th century, the mint has been housed in Heumarkt in central Vienna, where coins are still struck to this day. Minting facilities opened throughout Austria until 1918 when the Republic of Austria was formed and the Vienna Principal Mint became the singular minting facility. In 1989, the name officially changed to the Austrian Mint and became a subsidiary of the Austrian National Bank.
One of the Austrian Mint’s most recognized coins is the Maria Teresa Thaler, which is not simply a famous Silver coin, but one that boasts the greatest number minted. Another prime example of the mint’s international success is the Gold Philharmonic, one of the most popular Gold bullion coins worldwide. The Gold Philharmonic has played a vital role in developing the Austrian Mint into a highly successful company. The Austrian Mint’s beautifully crafted coins are minted in the heart of Vienna and are sought after by investors and collectors around the world.