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THE MINT ON TOUR – WE´RE COMING TO YOU

Münze Österreich AG is touring the nine federal provinces of Austria to introduce you to our 5 euro Democracy coin. The copper edition is made from copper taken from the former roof of the Parliament building in Vienna. In this way, we are taking a little piece of the Parliament to all the country’s regions.

Democracy at face value: 5 euros for 5 euro democracy coin

 

If you would like to own one or more copper coins made from the former roof of Parliament, visit us on our tour.

There you can purchase a coin the likes of which Austria has never seen before at face value: 5 euros for 5 euros.

If you wish, you can of course also buy the coin in silver.

If you visit our stand, you can also learn about the nature, history and value of Austrian democracy.

The Mint on Tour

 

12.10. VIENNA – AM HEUMARKT, 9.00 am. - 6.00 pm 

13.10. ST. PÖLTEN – TRAISENPARK, 9.00 am - 7.00 pm

14.10. INNSBRUCK – SILLPARK, 9.00 am - 8.00 pm

15.10. BREGENZ – KORNMARKTPLATZ, 9.00 am - 6.00 pm

19.10. SALZBURG – EUROPARK, 9.00 am - 7.30 pm

20.10. GRAZ – CITYPARK, 9.00 am - 7.30 pm

21.10. LINZ – TAUBENMARKT, 9.00 am - 7.00 pm

22.10. VILLACH – ATRIO, 9.00 am - 6.00 pm

25.10. PARNDORF –  FASHION OUTLET PARNDORF, 9.30 am - 8.00 pm

26.10. VIENNA – JOSEFSPLATZ, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Have fun while learning about democracy

The vote:

All visitors to our stand will be asked to vote. Choose your favourite theme for our next New Year coin. You can find out more about voting from our staff on site.

The ball maze:

Cooperation is needed to get the ball over the finish line – by working together just as in democracy itself.

The buzzer quiz:

Have fun while testing your knowledge of democracy. The first to answer correctly will win a small prize.

 

On top of all that, a pleasant surprise awaits all MünzeClub members.

Copper from the former roof of parliament

Democracy is all of us

On the occasion of the reopening of the Parliament building in Vienna, we are issuing this very special coin. The copper it contains originally formed part of the roof of the building, meaning that you will effectively own a little  piece of Parliament when you purchase this coin. The copper roof was removed during the renovation of the building and used to make the copper edition of the Democracy coin, making our democratic tradition something tangible. 

Moreover, the coin illustrates the spirit from which our nation was born, which is reflected in the Constitution. There it says: "Austria is a democratic republic. Its law emanates from the people". In other words: democracy is all of us.

Coin motif:

The obverse of the nine-sided coin is the same as previous Austrian 5-euro coins. The reverse features two heads in profile and one full face in the centre. These figures represent the people as sovereign. To the left, is a watchful eye surrounded by stylised laurel leaves. To the right, we see a section of the Austrian Parliament building in the background. At the top it says: "Austria is a democratic republic". At the bottom, on the left, it says: "Its law emanates from the people".

Silver coin

Democracy - 5 euro silver coin in blister pack

Copper coin

Democracy - 5 euro copper coin

Info about money and parliament

What is money?

Money is our constant companion. Without cash everyday life is hardly imaginable. It serves as a means of payment, a store of value and a gauge of our wealth all at the same time.

All coins have a certain value. Our professional performance is also calculated in terms of monetary value: money is the reward for our hard work. We use it to support ourselves and if there is anything left over, we can save it. Money is thus a means of exchange.

Money rules the world

It is no coincidence that we are issuing a coin called Democracy in 2022. Coins have always been a reflection of their time and an expression of the prevailing political system.

Ptolemy I of Egypt (367/66 to 283/82 BC) was the first ruler to have his face immortalised on a coin. In ancient Rome, Julius Caesar was adept at using coin images to promote his own cause: Coins were passed from hand to hand that proclaimed his ideas, glorified his deeds and placed his image at the very centre.

Coins create identity

During the imperial period, Austrian monarchs used coins to let the people know what was new in the House of Habsburg. Whether to announce engagements, marriages or deaths, coins were used to communicate important dynastic developments to the farthest reaches of the Empire. Historical coins are a Who's Who of Austrian rulers.

Even today, coins communicate messages. They also create identity. Contemporary Austrian circulation coins invite people to identify with the country through famous people from the worlds of politics, culture and science. Or they pay tribute to the beauty of nature and architecture.

That is why Mozart (1 euro), Bertha von Suttner (2 euro), the gentian (1 cent), the edelweiss (2 cents), the alpine primrose (5 cents), St. Stephen's Cathedral (10 cents), the Belvedere Palace (20 cents) and the Secession building in Vienna (50 cents) can be found our current circulation coins.

What is democracy?

The word democracy comes from the Greek and means ‘rule of the people’. The central essence of democracy is that all major decisions of the state are made by elected representatives of the people. If the people are not satisfied with their decisions, they can vote the representatives out of office at the next election and choose a different political direction.

Why parliament?

Parliament comes from the French word ‘parler’, meaning to talk. A parliament is about settling conflicts. All groups must be heard. The parliamentary procedure is aimed at bringing about a peaceful solution through debate. In the best case, a common position can be developed. In the search for a solution that is, if not absolutely, at least provisionally just, parliament has proved its worth.

What does parliament do?

Parliament seeks answers to questions such as: What should be valid in a country? How should it develop? What should the state spend money on? Who should be appointed to important positions in (and for) Austria?

The most important instrument of parliament is legislation. Since the members of the National Assembly and of the Federal Council are regarded as representatives of the population, it is particularly important for their work to be publicly accessible and transparent in a way that allows everyone to follow parliamentary discussions. In this way, the population can understand what is being planned, why something is being decided and the opinion of a particular party or member of parliament.

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