The Vienna Philharmonic is one of the world’s most respect musical performance groups. Originally formed more than 170 years ago, the orchestra is a source of national pride in Austria and highlights the high level of art and culture in the country. The Austrian Mint celebrates the orchestra each year on the Silver Austrian Philharmonic, the nation’s official silver bullion coin. Today, you can purchase a 2014 1 oz Silver Austrian Philharmonic Coin from Silver.com with an MS69 grading by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. An MS69 grade from the NGC indicates these coins have an attractive, sharp strike with no more than two blemishes.
Austria’s Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the Musikverein Golden Hall in the capital city’s Innere Stadt neighborhood. Formed in 1842, the orchestra is considered by many to be the finest in the world. The Austrian Mint has produced the Austrian Philharmonic Coin since 1989 when the gold version was first minted. The Silver Austrian Philharmonic Coin was first struck in 2008, but has quickly risen in popularity. It is already one of the most popular silver bullion products in Europe.
On the 2014 1 oz Silver Austrian Philharmonic Coin’s obverse is the pipe organ from the Musikverein Golden Hall. Engravings on this side of the coin include, in German, “Republik Osterreich,” the weight, face value (in Euros), purity, and metal content of the coin. On the reverse side, a variety of instruments used by members of the orchestra are featured. Included are images of a Vienna horn, bassoon, harp, four violins, and a cello. Engravings in German read “Wiener Philharmoniker.”
Thomas Pesendorfer, the chief engraver at the Austrian Mint, designed both images used on the 2014 1 oz Silver Austrian Philharmonic Coin. His designs have been in use since the introduction of the gold coin in 1989 and do not change from year to year.
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