First of Its Kind Silver Coin From Austrian Mint Celebrates Centenary of Salzburg Festival

First of Its Kind Silver Coin From Austrian Mint Celebrates Centenary of Salzburg Festival


By the Austrian Mint ……

To celebrate this major cultural event, which is constantly in the process of reinventing itself, as well as this unique centenary coin, we have come up with a particularly innovative coin design. We believe it does the Salzburg Festival justice: The coin’s obverse has the appearance of a plate with a flat inner part. This type of coin has never been minted before by the Austrian Mint.

Minted to a maximum of 30,000 pieces in Proof quality only, each superb 20 euro silver coin (.925 Ag, 2/3 oz) comes in an attractive case with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Wholesale price: € 49.50 (about $54.97 USD; price excludes VAT).

On August 22, 1920, the director Max Reinhardt staged Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s morality play Jedermann in Salzburg’s Domplatz (Cathedral Square) for the first time and in doing so founded the Salzburg Festival. Since 1926, the play has been a permanent feature of the festival program, a tradition interrupted only during the Nazi regime. Now one of the world’s leading opera, theatre, and classical music festivals, the Salzburg Festival celebrates its centenary in 2020.

At Salzburg, the best is often not good enough. This gives the festival cultural relevance, which comes from its strength of tradition but also allows new directions to be explored and puts the avant-garde center stage. No other festival offers such a broad spectrum of cultural variety, from Mozart, the ‘genius loci’, to classical productions and innovative performances.


Also on January 22, the official euro coin set 2020 appears in “Proof” quality with a mintage of 10,000 pieces. The coins have face values from 1 cent to 2 euro. This complete euro coin set comprises each of the Proof quality euro and cent coins in circulation. Proof quality coins are the fruit of the most advanced minting know-how, technology, and craftsmanship. Only after 22 high-precision procedures is the die used to strike the first coin, which is then subjected to the most rigorous technical demands. The resulting polished and frosted surfaces of the coin create an artistic interplay that makes for a unique numismatic experience. Native flowers, iconic buildings, and illustrious Austrians grace each of the eight coins.

The set comes in an attractive pack commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps and the end of the Second World War in 1945. Wholesale price: € 64.00 (about $71.07 USD; excl. VAT).

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