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2016 Austria Proof Silver €20 Amadeus Mozart (The Genius)

2016 Austria Proof Silver €20 Amadeus Mozart (The Genius)

The second Silver coin of the 3-coin set entitled “Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, A Life in Three Acts”, celebrates the musical genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The second coin titled “Amade” as he liked to be called, focuses on his adult life.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains .579 oz of .900 fine Silver.
  • Packaged with a mint box and a certificate of authenticity.
  • Mintage of only 50,000 coins.
  • Obverse: Depicts a portrait of Mozart dressed in an elaborately embroidered jacket over one of his signature ruffled shirts. The second name of Mozart’s three-part signature, “Amade”, is depicted overlaid on his right shoulder. Also includes the face value of 20 euros and the country of issue, as well as the year of issue, 2016.
  • Reverse: Features a scene from the opera, Don Giovanni. This opera is about a young man, a murderer and one who had little respect for the social mores of the time. Don Giovanni, (or Don Juan) refused to admit to his sins and so he ends up in hell. The opera premiered in Prague in 1787.
  • Guaranteed by the Austrian government.

This coin is a fantastic addition to any music enthusiast's collection. Add this 2016 Austria Silver €20 Mozart Proof Amade: The Genius coin to your cart today!

Mozart traveled a great deal early in his life, and thus was well-known and received in the various imperial courts of Europe. He was known in the cities of Paris, Mannheim, Munich, Prague, Strasbourg to name just a few cities he performed in.

He spent several years from 1773 as the music director of the court of the Prince-archbishop Colloredo of Salzburg, during which time he composed violin as well as piano concertos. He had a very low salary and the prince often treated him very badly, even forbidding him to perform for the Emperor of Austria, which may have led to a better position with a much higher salary.

Mozart was restless man who lived grandly and well beyond his low salary and was often in debt. He regularly sold valuable items given to him by generous patrons as a means to help support himself and his wife. Deciding to become a freelance composer and performer he settled in Vienna. He undertook solo performances in halls around Vienna and enjoyed excellent returns from these concerts. This allowed him and his wife Constanze to enjoy their taste for an elaborate life style, including private school for their son and employing a household staff. During this time he composed mostly piano concertos. It was not until 1785 that he started a successful and productive collaboration on pieces with Lorenzo da Ponte.

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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