On 25 June 2014, The Ausria Mint is celebrating the 25 Years anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall with a €20 Silver coin. The 25 Years Fall of Berlin Wall Silver coin is .900 fine silver and legal tender in Austria. The €20 Berlin Wall silver coin comes in a case complete with a numbered certificate of authenticity and protective slipcase.
The coin design by Herbert Wähner show the same momentous occasion from two different perspectives.
The coin reverse shows young everyman into the ‘Free World’. Famous landmarks standing for the nations involved in the process that led to the end of the Cold War also grace the reverse: the Charles Bridge in Prague for the former Czechoslovakia; the Riesenrad Ferris wheel in Vienna for Austria; the Chain Bridge in Budapest for Hungary; Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate for Germany; and the Statue of Liberty for the USA.
The coin obverse show a young everyman escaping from oppression and totalitarianism – represented by the Berlin Wall and barbed wire.
The Berlin Wall was a barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) starting on 13 August 1961, that completely cut off (by land) West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin. The date on which the Wall fell is considered to have been 9 November 1989 but the Wall not torn down immediately.
The Berlin Wall was 156.4km long with some of it at 3.6 metres (12 ft) high, anti-vehicle trenches, barbed wire, dogs on long lines, "beds of nails" under balconies hanging over the "death strip", over 302 watchtowers, and bunkers. You can visit 1.4 kilometers Berlin Wall Memorial situated at the historic site on Bernauer Strasse to get a feel for the history of The Berlin Wall.
Face value: 20 Euro
Date of issue: 25.06.2014
Coin design: Herbert Wähner
Diameter: 34.00 mm
Alloy: Silver Ag 900
Fine weight: 18.00 g
Total weight: 20.00 g
Price: € 45.00 incl. 10% VAT
You can order the historic coin at The Austrian Mint website www.muenzeoesterreich.at.