• 2 Euro 2018, KM# 3275, Austria, 100th Anniversary of the Republic of Austria
  • 2 Euro 2018, KM# 3275, Austria, 100th Anniversary of the Republic of Austria
Description

In 2018, the Austrian Mint issued a common circulating commemorative €2 coin celebrating the centenary anniversary of the proclamation of the Austrian Republic, which took place during the last weeks of fighting of the First World War. This coin included in their 2018 Mint Baby Euro Coin Sets and Proof sets.

After the collapse of the Habsburg (Austro-Hungarian) Empire in 1918 at the end of World War I, Austria adopted and used the name the Republic of German-Austria (Deutschösterreich), in an attempt at union with Germany, but this was forbidden under the treaties the Treaty of Versailles and Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (1919). The name was changed to Austria (Österreich) and shortly afterwards The First Austrian Republic was established in 1919.

Obverse

Depicts the statue of Pallas Athena, which stands proudly in front of the parliament building in Vienna. The Greek goddess of wisdom watches over the country and by looking up to her, Austrian citizens honour the spirit in which the Republic was founded upon.

The Austrian Parliament Building in Vienna is where the two houses of the Austrian Parliament conduct their sessions. The foundation stone was laid in 1874; the building was completed in 1883. The architect responsible for its Greek Revival style was Theophil Hansen. He designed the building holistically, aiming to have each element harmonizing with all the others. He was therefore also responsible for the interior decoration, such as statues, paintings, furniture, chandeliers, and numerous other elements.

One of the building's most famous features is the Pallas Athena fountain in front of the main entrance, built by Carl Kundmann after plans from Hansen, from 1898 to 1902 and it is a notable Viennese tourist attraction.

Designers: Helmut Andexlinger and Herbert Wähner

2018
100
JAHRE
REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH

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

100th Anniversary of the Republic of Austria

KM# 3275
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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