The Austrian Mint has announced that on September 9 it will issue the first of three silver coins dedicated to the life and work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The series, titled, “Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, A Life in Three Acts,” will celebrate a distinct aspect of the composer’s persona with each release. The first coin is named Wolfgang: The Wunderkind, while the second and third releases, respectively due out in 2016 and 2017, will be called Amadeus: The Genius and Mozart: The Legend.
The coin’s obverse, designed by Helmut Andexlinger, bears an image of a young Mozart donning the formal clothes in which he would have performed for royal courts across Europe. The signature of his first name, Wolfgang, is inscribed near the bottom of the design, with the coin’s denomination, 20 EURO, placed to the right of Mozart’s portrait. REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH curves along the edge of upper left of the layout, and 2015 is inscribed near the bottom.
The reverse of the coin features a depiction of Mozart’s comic opera, “Bastien und Bastienne,” rendered by engraver Thomas Pesedorfer. In the opera, a girl named Bastienne seeks the counsel of a sorcerer after her companion Bastian becomes interested in someone else. The image shows the magician at the center of the design, facilitating an encounter between Bastienne and Bastien. Their robes and gifts are portrayed in finely-wrought detail, evoking the energetic atmosphere of the stage performance. The one-act opera was written by Mozart when he was just twelve years old.
The 20 euro Wolfgang: The Wunderkind coin is composed of 18 grams of fine silver and will come with an individual box and a certificate of authenticity. It has a stated mintage limit of 50,000. For more information, visit the Austrian Mint’s Web Page.