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WIENER WALZER Viennese Waltz Silver Coin 5€ Euro Austria 2013


Considered one of the most important ever developments in the history of dancing, the Viennese Waltz is still very much alive and well today more than 200 years after its advent. As enchanting as the dance itself, this 5 euro coin has been struck in honour of this most enduring of Austrian institutions.

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Wiener Walzer
Viennese Waltz (German: Wiener Walzer) is the genre of a ballroom dance. At least three different meanings are recognized. In the historically first sense, the name may refer to several versions of the waltz, including the earliest waltzes done in ballroom dancing, danced to the music of Viennese Waltz.
What is now called the Viennese Waltz is the original form of the waltz. It was the first ballroom dance performed in the closed hold or "waltz" position. The dance that is popularly known as the waltz is actually the English or slow waltz, danced at approximately 90 beats per minute with 3 beats to the bar (the international standard of 30 measures per minute), while the Viennese Waltz is danced at about 180 beats (58-60 measures) a minute. To this day however, in Germany, Austria, Scandinavia, and France, the words Walzer (German for "waltz"), vals (Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish for "waltz"), and valse (French for "waltz") still implicitly refer to the original dance and not the slow waltz.
The Viennese Waltz is a rotary dance where the dancers are constantly turning either toward the leader's right (natural) or toward the leader's left (reverse), interspersed with non-rotating change steps to switch between the direction of rotation. A true Viennese waltz consists only of turns and change steps. Other moves such as the fleckerls, American-style figures and side sway or underarm turns are modern inventions and are not normally danced at the annual balls in Vienna. Furthermore, in a properly danced Viennese Waltz, couples do not pass, but turn continuously left and right while travelling counterclockwise around the floor following each other.
As the Waltz evolved, some of the versions that were done at about the original fast tempo came to be called specifically "Viennese Waltz" to distinguish them from the slower waltzes. In the modern ballroom dance, two versions of Viennese Waltz are recognized: International Style and American Style.
Today the Viennese Waltz is a ballroom and partner dance that is part of the International Standard division of contemporary ballroom dance.

  • CountryAustria
  • Year2013
  • Face Value5 Euro
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)800/1000
  • Weight (g)10
  • Diameter (mm)28.50
  • QualityBU - Brilliant Uncirculated
  • Mintage (pcs)50.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

Though it may seem very tame by today’s standards, back in the second half of the 18th century when it developed from Austrian folk dance into the first ever dance performed in the “closed hold” position – as shown on the coin’s reverse – the Viennese Waltz was the subject of great controversy. Nevertheless, the Waltz craze spread quickly around Europe and huge dance halls that could hold thousands of dancers at a time were constructed. With 150 official public balls listed in the ball calendar in the first three months of each year in Vienna alone, not to mention the recent renaissance in ballroom dancing around the globe, it is a craze that shows little sign of waning.
Also showing the shields of the nine federal provinces of Austria on its reverse, the coin is struck to a maximum mintage of 50,000 pieces in Special Uncirculated quality. Although the German blister pack version of this superb collector coin sold out in a matter of days, a small number of coins are still available in English blister packs.