Bertha von Suttner, who was on an earlier Austrian banknote, was chosen for the design of the 2 EURO coin. The baroness was a leading figure in the peace movement before the First World War, and in 1905 she received the Nobel Prize for Peace.
1 EURO: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is the theme of the 1 EURO coin. He was selected as an Austrian of European, of indeed worldwide, importance. The portrait used as model was that by Barbara Krafft in 1819.
50 CENT: Art Nouveau or "Jugendstil" is documented by the Vienna Secession. This exhibition ball caused almost as much controversy at its opening in 1897 as the artists themselves who founded it. The dome of golden leaves has become a Viennese landmark.
20 CENT: The baroque style is demonstrated by the Belvedere Palace. In the foreground is the magnificent wrought iron gate, while in the distance one sees the baroque of Prince Eugene of Savoy. The coin itself has the shape of the so-called "spanish flower".
10 CENT: St.Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna has been taken as an example of gothic architecture in Austria. The unusual view highlights the magnificent gothic tower. St.Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna has been taken as an example of gothic architecture in Austria. The unusual view highlights the magnificent gothic tower.
5 CENT: The alpine primrose fills the centre of this copper coin, surrounded by the stars, flag and date.
2 CENT: The famous edelweiss flower adorns this coin together with the 12 stars, the flag and date.
1 CENT: Ringed by the stars of the EU the smallest coin shows a gentian flower the Alps. The common side displays Europe on a globe of the world between the 12 European stars on 6 diagonal lines.