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Offline chrisild

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Austria 20 "Silent Night"
« on: September 06, 2018, 07:41:40 PM »
Two hundred years ago, shortly before Christmas 1818, Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr wrote and composed the "Stille Nacht" (Silent Night) Christmas carol. Today the song is part of Unesco's World Cultural Heritage. The Austrian Mint honors the anniversary with a 20 silver coin featuring the place where Silent Night was first performed. The piece (mintage 30,000 - proof, with a glow-in-the-dark effect) will be issued on 7 November.

And yes, this is a really big coin. Takes three men to hold it. ;D  That photo was taken at the mint in Vienna; in the middle you see mint director Gerhard Starsich.

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Re: Austria 20 "Silent Night"
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2018, 08:22:21 PM »
The depicted building is the Stille-Nacht-Kapelle in Oberndorf near Salzburg. It was built where the St. Nicholas church used to be (which was damaged by floodings in the late 19th century and then torn down). The other side of the coin features the title of the song and a nativity scene. (Image: Austrian Mint)

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Austria 20 "Silent Night"
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2018, 07:04:53 AM »
The coin was issued on November 7th as planned, and was sold out within an hour. The 3 "Frog" coin was issued along with it, and the combination made the Austrian mint's website inaccessible for most of the users since early morning.

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