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2 Euro Anniversary of the National Bank

2 Euro (Anniversary of the National Bank) -  obverse 2 Euro (Anniversary of the National Bank) -  reverse

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Features

Country Austria
Period Second Republic (1945-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 2016
Value 2 Euro
2 EUR = 2.23 USD
Currency Euro (2002-date)
Composition Bimetallic: nickel-brass clad nickel center in copper-nickel ring
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 3248,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Schön# 432
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Commemorative issue

200th Anniversary of the National Bank

Obverse

The 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. The foundation of this bank followed a period of high currency devaluation in Austria during the war times when paper money was issued by the Habsburg state.

The design depicts two gods of Roman mythology featured in the carved relief above the entrance to the main building of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank.

To the left, Mercury, the messenger of the gods and the god of merchants and commerce; to the right, Fortuna, the goddess of fate and prosperity, who is portrayed with a horn of plenty. The background picture, running from the left to the right edges of the core, shows the OeNB’s main premises. 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 years ‘1816’ and ‘2016’ to the left of Mercury refer to the OeNB’s founding year and its bicentennial. The inscriptions are running along the edges of the gold-coloured centre.

Lettering:
REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH
1816
2016
200 JAHRE OESTERREICHISCHE NATIONALBANK

Engraver: Herbert Wähner

Reverse

A map, next to the face value, shows the European continent without borders.

Lettering:
2 EURO
LL

Engraver: Luc Luycx

Luc Luycx is the designer of the common side of the euro coins. Luycx is a computer engineer, and medallist living in Dendermonde, Belgium, and has worked for the Royal Belgian Mint for 15 years. He designed the euro coins in 1996.

Edge

Reeded with inscription. Combination of 2 EURO and *** repeated four times

Lettering: 2 EURO *** 2 EURO *** 2 EURO *** 2 EURO ***

2 Euro (Anniversary of the National Bank)

© Cyrillius

Comments

issued by Austrian mint in rolls with 25 coins

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2016  15,940,000 2.23 2.23 2.23 2.25 3.35 3.52
2016  50,000 BU
2016  10,000 Proof

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