An upcoming coin from the Austrian Mint will mark the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Iron Curtain. A preview of the coin had been provided earlier this year at the World Money Fair Media Forum.
The obverse and the reverse designs showcase the momentous occasion from two different perspectives.
On the obverse is the image of a young “everyman” as he escapes from oppression and totalitarianism represented by the Berlin Wall and barbed wire. The inscriptions include “Republik Osterreich”, the denomination “20 Euro”, and date “2014”.
On the reverse, the same man is shown as he emerges into the “Free World” containing images of famous landmarks from nations involved in the process that led to the end of the Cold War. The landmarks include Charles Bridge for the former Czechoslovakia, the Riesenrad Ferris wheel for Austria, the Chain Bridge for Hungary, Brandenburg Gate for Germany, and the Statue of Liberty for the United States of America. The inscription reads “25 Jahre Fall Des Eisernen Vorhangs”.
The obverse and reverse designs are by Herbert Wähner.
Each coin is struck in 90% silver to proof quality with a weight of 20 grams and diameter of 34 mm. The mintage is indicated at 50,000 pieces. The official date of issue will be June 25, 2014.