The Austrian Mint has announced that it will release the final coin in its series honoring the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on September 7. This series launched in September of last year with a coin highlighting the composer’s early years as a child prodigy and continued in May with an issue entitled, “Amade: The Genius,” dedicated to his young adulthood.
The coins in the “Mozart: A Life in Three Acts” series are composed of 18 grams of 90% silver and carry a Proof finish. Each issue has a mintage limit of 50,000 coins and is available for €54.00.
The latest coin is titled, “Mozart: The Legend.” Its obverse image of the composer is based on a portrait painted by his brother-in-law, Joseph Lange, in 1783. The composition includes a depiction of his signed last name, “Mozart,” with the inscriptions REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH, 20 EURO, and 2016 placed in the field and long the rim.
The reverse features a scene from The Magic Flute, which debuted shortly after Mozart’s death in 1791 and remains his most famous opera. Inscribed on this side of the coin is DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, German for “The Magic Flute.”
The prior two releases in this series are still available, and a three-coin collector case created to house these issues can be purchased for €45.60. A product page for the upcoming “Mozart: The Legend” Silver Proof Coin does not yet exist, but more information will be available shortly on the Austrian Mint’s Web site.