Two Euro 2005 Austrian State Treaty, Coin from Austria - detailed information

Two Euro 2005 Austrian State Treaty, Coin from Austria
CoinTwo Euro 2005 Austrian State Treaty

The Two Euro coin (€2.00) is a circulating bi-metallic coin made of two alloys: the inner part of nickel brass, the outer part of copper-nickel. Like all the common circulation coins (from 1 cent to €2), the denomination is issued by the separate countries in the Eurozone and is legal tender in all of them, irrespective of which country has issued it. The denomination was introduced in 2002, when Austria retired the Austrian Schilling currency and introduced the Euro.

The coins have a common reverse designed by Luc Luycx in 1999 which shows a map of the European Union; it was changed in 2007 to reflect the enlargement of the Union. Each country has its own national obverse; the Austrian regular obverse features a portrait of Bertha von Suttner.

The €2 is also the only denomination in which circulating commemorative Euro coins are issued; these are also legal tender in all countries of the Eurozone, no matter which country issued them; commemoratives of other denominations are only legal tender in the issuing country. The number of commemorative coins is limited to two (before 2012 to one) per country per year (in addition to any common issue) and to 5 percent of the total mintage output. Given that the reverse is fixed, the commemorative designs are always on the obverse.

This is the first circulating commemorative €2 coin issued by Austria, and marks the 50th anniversary of the Austrian State Treaty. The obverse was designed by Austrian designer Helmut Andexlinger.

The Austrian State Treaty (German: Österreichischer Staatsvertrag) or Austrian Independence Treaty re-established Austria as a sovereign state after World War II. It was signed on 15 May 1955 in Vienna, at the Schloss Belvedere among the Allied occupying powers (France, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Soviet Union) and the Austrian government.[The neighbouring Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia acceded to the treaty subsequently. It officially came into force on 27 July 1955.

Its full title is "Treaty for the re-establishment of an independent and democratic Austria, signed in Vienna on 15 May 1955" (German: Staatsvertrag betreffend die Wiederherstellung eines unabhängigen und demokratischen Österreich, unterzeichnet in Wien am 15. Mai).

Austrian Two Euro coins issued in 2005 have now been in circulation for 18 years.

MintAustrian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage7,000,000 (7.0 million)
Austria / Two Euro 2005 Austrian State Treaty - obverse photo

In the centre of the obverse is a depiction of the seals and signatures of the Austrian State Treaty, signed by the foreign ministers of the Allied occupying forces (Vyacheslav Molotov for the Soviet Union, John Foster Dulles for the United States, Harold Macmillan for the United Kingdom and Antoine Pinay for France), the High Commissioners of the four sectors, as well as the Foreign Minister of Austria (Leopold Figl) on 15 May 1955.

The inscription 50 JAHRE STAATSVERTRAG is around above the seals. The date of issue 2005 is below left.

In the background, vertical stripes serve as a heraldic depiction of Austria's national flag (red-white-red).

In the outer ring, the twelve stars of the European Union, representing the twelve initials member states

Obverse Inscription 50 JAHRE STAATSVERTRAG 2005
Austria / Two Euro 2005 Austrian State Treaty - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows on the right a representation of a map of the western part of Europe.

Behind the map and interrupted by it, six vertical lines connect the twelve stars of Europe - six around above right, and six around below right.

On the left, a large numeral value: 2; on the right, overlaid on the map, the denomination EURO.

The designer's monogram LL (for Luc Luycx) is below right in the rim, below the O in EURO.

Reverse Inscription 2 EURO
EdgeMilled, inscribedEdge Inscription2 EURO *** 2 EURO *** 2 EURO *** 2 EURO ***

Date of issue: 11 May 2005.

Two Euro 2005 Austrian State Treaty: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 100,000 (included in total)
Variety In PNC
Mintage Issued: 2,000 (included in total)

Uncirculated (not Brilliant Uncirculated) coin in a Philatelic Numismatic Cover, postmarked 5010 Salzburg 15.5.05 (15th May 2005). Mintage included in the 6.88 mln circulation mintage.

Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 20,000 (included in total)
All (25) coins of type: Two Euro, Austria
Coin NameMintageLegend
Two Euro 2002 196,510,000 ************ 2 EURO 2002
Two Euro 2003 4,855,100 ************ 2 EURO 2003
Two Euro 2004 2,620,000 ************ 2 EURO 2004
Two Euro 2005 Austrian State Treaty 7,000,000 50 JAHRE STAATSVERTRAG 2005
Two Euro 2006 2,420,000 ************ 2 EURO 2006
Two Euro 2007 Treaty of Rome 9,000,000 VERTRAG VON ROM 50 JAHRE EUROPA 2007 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH
Two Euro 2008 2,665,000 ************ 2 EURO 2008
Two Euro 2009 Economic and Monetary Union 5,000,000 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH WWU 1999 - 2009
Two Euro 2010 17,065,000 ************ 2 EURO 2010
Two Euro 2011 27,765,000 ************ 2 EURO 2011
Two Euro 2012 Bertha von Suttner 21,200,000 ************ 2 EURO 2012
Two Euro 2012 Euro Cash Anniversary 11,060,000 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH € 2002 2012
Two Euro 2013 10,160,000 ************ 2 EURO 2013
Two Euro 2014 20,160,000 ************ 2 EURO 2014
Two Euro 2015 Bertha von Suttner 12,360,000 ************ 2 EURO 2015
Two Euro 2015 European Flag 2,500,000 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1985 - 2015
Two Euro 2016 Austrian National Bank 16,060,000 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1816 2016 200 JAHRE OESTERREICHISCHE NATIONALBANK
Two Euro 2017 17,760,000 ************ 2 EURO 2017
Two Euro 2018 Austria 100th Anniversary 18,160,000 2018 100 JAHRE REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH
Two Euro 2019 15,860,000 ************ 2 EURO 2019
Two Euro 2020 12,760,000 ************ 2 EURO 2020
Two Euro 2021 9,960,000 ************ 2 EURO 2021
Two Euro 2022 Bertha von Suttner unknown ************ 2 EURO 2022
Two Euro 2022 Erasmus Programme 1,060,000 1987 - 2002 ERASMUS PROGRAMM REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH
Two Euro 2023 Bertha von Suttner unknown ************ 2 EURO 2023
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Two Euro 2005 Austrian State Treaty: Details
CurrencyEuro, Austria
Coin TypeTwo Euro, Commemorative
Face Value2 (x Euro, Austria)
Circulation Mintage6,880,000 (6.9 million)
Total Mintage7,000,000 (7.0 million)
DesignerLuc Luycx, Helmut Andexlinger
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.7500 mm
Thickness2.200 mm
Mass8.5000 g
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Two Euro 2005 Austrian State Treaty: Photos
Two Euro 2005 Austrian State Treaty: Photo Austria, 2 Euro, 50th Anniversary of the State Treaty 2005 / thumbnail Austria, 2 Euro, 50th Anniversary of the State Treaty 2005
Two Euro 2005 Austrian State Treaty: Photo Austria, 2 Euro, 50th Anniversary of the State Treaty 2005 / thumbnail Austria, 2 Euro, 50th Anniversary of the State Treaty 2005
Two Euro 2005 Austrian State Treaty: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Schön, WeltmünzkatalogSchön# 319
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustria KM# 3124