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DIE FLEDERMAUS Bat New Year Silver Coin 5€ Euro Austria 2015


Not just a time for celebrations and resolutions, New Year in Austria is also a time for giving gifts. This is no doubt why our New Year coins are among our most popular products. The traditional performance at the Vienna State Opera every New Year’s Eve, the operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is the theme of our charming New Year 2015 silver coin.

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The operetta Die Fledermaus
Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is an operetta composed by Johann Strauss II to a German libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée. The original source for Die Fledermaus is Das Gefangnis (The Prison), a farce by German playwright Julius Roderich Benedix (1811–1873). Another source is the French vaudeville play Le reveillon, by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy, which was first translated by Karl Haffner into a non-musical play to be produced in Vienna. However, the peculiarly French custom of the reveillon (a New Year's Eve supper party) caused problems, which were solved by the decision to adapt the play as a libretto for Johann Strauss, with the reveillon replaced by a Viennese ball. At this point Haffner's translation was handed over for adaptation to Richard Genée, who subsequently claimed not only that he had made a fresh translation from scratch but that he had never even met Haffner.

  • CountryAustria
  • Year2015
  • 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

As befits a nation with such a rich musical heritage, classical music plays a vital role in the Austrians’ New Year celebrations. The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss II is the first song played on the radio after the clock strikes midnight. Another of Strauss’s works, the operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is the theme of this charming 2015 New Year coin. The traditional performance at the Vienna State Opera every New Year’s Eve, the operetta is based around a masked ball which is orchestrated as an act of revenge by a character who was humiliated when drunkenly abandoned while dressed as a bat. The bat is shown above the seasonal glass of champagne of Rosalinde, one of the main characters, on the coin’s reverse. The nine-sided coin’s obverse shows the coats of arms of the nine federal provinces of Austria.