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2013 Austria Silver €5 Home of the Waltz BU

2013 Austria Silver €5 Home of the Waltz BU

Considered one of the most important developments in the history of dancing, the Viennese Waltz is still very much alive and well today more than 200 years after its advent. Showing the shields of the nine federal provinces of Austria on its reverse, the coin is struck to a maximum mintage of 50,000 pieces in Special Uncirculated quality with an asw of .2058.

Though it may seem very tame by today’s standards, back in the second half of the 18th century when it developed from Austrian folk dance into the first ever dance performed in the “closed hold” position – as shown on the coin’s reverse – the Viennese Waltz was the subject of great controversy. Nevertheless, the Waltz craze spread quickly around Europe and huge dance halls that could hold thousands of dancers at a time were constructed. With 150 official public balls listed in the ball calendar in the first three months of each year in Vienna alone, not to mention the recent renaissance in ballroom dancing around the globe, it is a craze that shows little sign of waning.

Although the German blister pack version of this superb collector coin sold out in a matter of days, a small number of coins are still available in English blister packs. Order yours now to avoid disappointment.

In 1194, Richard the Lionheart paid 12 tons of Silver to Duke Leopold V of Austria to secure his freedom from a year of incarceration. This act unintentionally laid the foundation for the Austrian Mint, as Duke Leopold had coins struck from Richard the Lionheart’s ransom. In doing so, Leopold set in motion more than 800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.

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.

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