The Austrian Mint will continue its “Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a Life in Three Acts” series with a new silver Proof coin scheduled for release on May 11. This issue will be the second of three planned for the program and will follow up on last year’s “Wunderkind” coin, which highlighted the composer’s early years as a child prodigy.
A press release notes that new coin will be titled “Amade: The Genius,” which references the nickname Mozart preferred as an adult as well as his productivity and standing during this period of this life.
The obverse of the coin features an image of Mozart based on a famous 1819 portrait by Barbara Krafft, painted 28 years after his death. Designed and engraved by Herbert Waehner, the composition includes a depiction of Mozart’s signed middle name, “Amade,” with the inscriptions REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH, 20 EURO, and 2016.
The reverse, designed and engraved by Helmut Andexlinger, features a scene from Mozart’s famous opera, Don Giovanni, which premiered in Prague in 1787. Inscribed in the field above the figures is DON GIOVANNI.
The coin will be available for €54 and is composed of 18 grams of 90% silver, with a mintage limit of 50,000 pieces. A certificate of authenticity is included in the packaging. For those collecting the entire series, a three-coin collector case is also available for €45.60.
The third and final issue in this series will be titled, “Mozart: the Legend,” and is scheduled for release on September 7 of this year. The first Mozart coin, released in September of 2015, is still in stock. For more information on the “Amade: The Genuis” silver Proof coin, please visit the Web site of the Austrian Mint.