Description: The design depicts two gods of Roman mythology featured in the carved relief above the entrance to the main building of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB): 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.
Issuing volume: 16 000 000 coins
Date of issue: 2016
Official Journal: C 186 05.06.2015
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name(s) of the issuing country in the national language(s) appear(s) at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
Issuing volume: 96 million coins
Date of issue: January 2012
Official Journal: C017 20.01.2012
The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name(s) of the issuing country in the national language(s) appear(s) at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym EMU translated into the national language(s) appear at the bottom.
Issuing volume: 84 085 000 million coins
Official Journal: C315 10.12.2008, p.8
The coin shows the treaty with the signatures of the six founding countries on a background evoking the paving – designed by Michelangelo – of the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, where the Treaty was signed on 25 March 1957, giving birth to the modern-day European Union.
Total euro area issuing volume: 90 million coins
Official Journal: C065 21.03.2007, p.3
The centre of the coin reproduces the signatures and seals of the Austrian State Treaty signed in 1955 by the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Austria, thereby re-establishing Austrian sovereignty.
Issuing volume: 7 million coins
Official Journal: C061 11.03.2005, p.6