• 2 Euro 2016, Schön# 432, Austria, 200th Anniversary of the National Bank
  • 2 Euro 2016, Schön# 432, Austria, 200th Anniversary of the National Bank
Description

With the National Bank of Austria celebrating its bicentenary in 2016, the Austrian Mint is issuing a new 2 euro circulation coin in honour of the guardian of the Austrian currency. The bank has long been the official issuer of bank notes in Austria, but during its eventful history it has also overseen the transition from the Gulden to the Crown, from the Schilling to the Reichsmark, and from the Schilling to the Euro. Today the National Bank of Austria helps shape the monetary policy of the Eurozone and safeguard price stability.

Date of issue: 18.01.2016

Obverse

Mercury and Fortuna grace the main door of the National Bank of Austria in Vienna. An ornamental band hugging the bottom of the coin centre evokes the red-white-red pattern of the Austrian national flag, with hatched vertical lines symbolizing the colour red, as laid down in the rules of heraldic design.

The National Bank of Austria (Österreichische Nationalbank) was started in 1816 by Johann Philipp Stadion, Count von Warthausen in the reign of Francis I (Franz I), the first Emperor of Austria.

Mercury is a major Roman god. He is the patron god of financial gain, commerce, communication, travelers, luck, trickery and thieves. He is often depicted holding the caduceus in his left hand. The caduceus is a short staff entwined by two serpents, sometimes surmounted by wings.

Fortuna was the goddess of fortune and personification of luck in Roman religion. She might bring good or bad luck: she could be represented as veiled and blind, as in modern depictions of Justice, and came to represent life's capriciousness.

Design Herbert Wähner

REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH
1816
2016
200 JAHRE ÖSTERREICHISCHE NATIONALBANK

Reverse

A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the right side of the coin. The inscription 2 EURO is superimposed over the map of Europe, with the numeral “2” located in an open field representing the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

12 stars are located on the right side of the outer ring, with six stars atop the map of Europe and six stars below it; six vertical stripes cut across the inner core of the coin, visually connecting the upper and lower star segments.

Luc Luycx, a designer at the Royal Belgian Mint, designed the Euro’s common reverse; his initials, LL, are seen on the right side of the design, just under the “O” in “EURO.”

2 EURO
LL

Edge

The sequence "2 EURO ★★★" repeated four times alternately upright and inverted.

2 EURO ★★★ 2 EURO ★★★ 2 EURO ★★★ 2 EURO ★★★

2 Euro

200th Anniversary of the National Bank

Schön# 432
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Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center Nickel Brass
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Austrian Mint

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