5 euro: The European Anthem-Ludwig van Beethoven

Series: Austria: Silver 5 euro coins

5 euro The European Anthem-Ludwig van Beethoven  - 2005 - Series: Silver 5 euro coins - Austria

The reverse side of the coin shows the old Kärntnertor Theatre ("Theatre at the Carinthian Gate" which stood near the present Opera House until 1870). It was here that Beethoven's 9th symphony with the "Ode to Joy" was first publidly performed. The opening notes of the melody in the symphony itself and a cameo portrait of Beethoven complete the design.