€20 collectors’ coin to mark "275 years of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra"
20 Euro collector coin 2018
On 31 May 2017, the German government decided to mint a €20 collectors’ coin to mark "275 years of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra", to be issued in 8 March 2018. The coin pays tribute to the city’s symphony orchestra, which celebrates its 275th anniversary in 2018 and continues to rank among the world’s best-known orchestras. It still has a special status today as the oldest civic orchestra.
The coin was designed by artist Lucia Maria Hardegen from Bonn. The picture side shows the logo of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, created by graphic designer Hellmuth Tschörtner, which stands above the names of a range of outstanding musicians. At the centre of the design, a concert is about to begin. Two hands conduct with a baton, indicating the Gewandhaus Orchestra’s artistic diversity.
The reverse features an eagle framed by the words "BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND", the value and denomination, the letter “G” for the State Mint of Baden-Württemberg in Karlsruhe, the year 2018, and the twelve stars of Europe. In addition, the words “SILBER 925” are minted on the coin.
Its smooth edge is embossed with the inscription
"RES SEVERA VERUM GAUDIUM"
This is the Latin translation of the orchestra’s maxim "True joy is a serious thing".
The coin will be made of sterling silver (alloy Ag 925). It will be produced in both mint condition and with a proof-like finish, weigh 18 g and have a diameter of 32.5 mm.
The mint condition coins will be brought into circulation at their face value (€20), and will be available from the issue date at the Deutsche Bundesbank’s branches while stocks last.