The Vienna Philharmonic is a source of national pride for the people of Austria. It comes as no surprise that this legendary orchestra was chosen by the Austrian Mint to serve as the inspiration for the nation’s official silver bullion coin. The 2008 1 oz Silver Austrian Philharmonic represents the first year of minting for the well-known coin. Despite its short existence, today the Silver Philharmonic is the highest minted and most popular silver bullion coin in continental Europe. Today, these coins are available in brilliant, uncirculated condition.
The Vienna Philharmonic was founded in 1842 and has been active since that date. Today it is considered one of the finest orchestras in the world. Members of the philharmonic perform at the Musikverein Golden Hall in the Innere Stadt borough of the nation’s capital city, Vienna. The Austrian Mint first produced the Silver Austrian Philharmonic coin in February 2008, minting 7,730,000 coins that first year.
Since then, minting levels have gone up, reaching a high point of 17,873,700 coins for the 2011 edition. The 2008 1 oz Silver Austrian Philharmonic coin has the same design that is still featured on the coins today. On one side is the image of the pipe organ found inside the Musikverein. On the other, a variety of instruments played by the members of the orchestra.
Thomas Pesendorfer’s design for the Gold Austrian Philharmonic, first issued in 1989, is used on the all Silver Austrian Philharmonic coins. On the obverse side is the depiction of the pipe organ from inside the Musikverein. Engravings on this side include the German words “REPUBLIK OSTERREICH” and “1 UNZE FEINSILBER.” Translated, these mean “Republic of Austria” and “1 ounce pure silver.” There are also engravings for the face value, in euros, and the year of minting.
On the reverse side of the coin are depictions of various instruments used by the orchestra. These images include a harp, violin, cello, flute, bassoon, and French horn. Engravings include the German words “WEINER PHILHARMONIKER’ and “SILBER.” Translated, these mean “Vienna Philharmonic” and “Silver.”
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