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VIENNA FERRIS WHEEL Wiener Riesenrad World Of Wonders 5$ Silver Coin Palau 2012


Beautiful coin dedicated to one of Vienna's most popular tourist attractions, it symbolises the district as well as the city for many people. It belongs to "World of Wonders" series which aims to highlight the most exciting and historically important monuments existing in the world.

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Vienna Ferris Wheel (Wiener Riesenrad)
One year before Emperor Franz Joseph I. 50th jubilee, the biggest Ferris wheel in the world at that time (overall diameter 60, 96 m) was declared open. As the biggest attraction in the most probably fi rst theme-park in the world, the “Wiener Prater”, it has been making its rounds since 1897. However, back then only a few could afford a ride on this attraction because the fares were very high.
After the British owner was expropriated in 1916 the Ferris wheel was available for purchase at an auction. But only three years later, a Prague businessman bought it, who at first wanted to tear it down but then found a franchisee for the attraction after all.
Like many other buildings the Ferris wheel was not spared in the Second World War and burned down in 1944. After this disaster the owners assumed that the Ferris wheel could no longer hold the load of the gondolas anymore and therefore, used only 15 of the original 30 gondolas.
Today a museum is located near the Ferris wheel and the cabins can be hired for various occasions. As a result individual cabins are adapted to form small candlelight rooms.

  • CountryPalau
  • Year2012
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)20
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
The coin’s obverse depicts a partially-color composite image of the Vienna Ferris Wheel. This coin set is a great tribute to the wonders: Florence Cathedral (Italy) Chapel Bridge (Switzerland) Canadian National Tower (Canada) The Eiffel Tower (France) Stonehenge (UK) Angkor Wat (Cambodia) The Easter Islands (Chile) The Acropolis (Greece) The Kiyomizu Temple (Japan) The Statue of Liberty (United States) The St. Basil’s Cathedral (Russia) The Neuschwanstein Castle (German) The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy) The Alhambra (Spain) Timbuktu (Mali) Mount Rushmore (USA) The Opera House (Australia) The Tower Bridge (UK) The Temple of Heaven (China) The Potala Palace (China) Schönbrunn Palace (Austria) Persepolis (Iran) Brandenburg Gate (Germany) Hagia Sophia (Instabul) Palmyra (Syria) St Patrick’s Cathedral (Dublin) Itsukushima Shrine (Japan) Church of the Savior (Russia) Western Wall (Jerusalem) Vienna Ferris Wheel (Vienna) Teotihuacán (Mexico) Kizhi Pogost (Russia) Trevi Fountain (Rome) The reverse shows the Coat of Arms of Palau.