The Vienna Philharmonic is widely regarded as one of the finest orchestras in the world today. The group was originally formed in 1842, and today it performs concerts at the Musikverein Golden Hall in the nation’s capital city of Vienna. The government of Austria pays homage to the orchestra with its official silver bullion coin, the Silver Austrian Philharmonic. Although a relatively new coin, the Silver Austrian Philharmonic is the highest minted and most popular in Europe. This 2012 1 oz Silver Austrian Philharmonic coin is available in brilliant uncirculated condition.
The Silver Austrian Philharmonic coin series was launched in 2008. The design in use on the silver bullion coin matches that used on the Gold Austrian Philharmonic coins, in production since 1989. Thomas Pesendorfer designed both sides of the coin. On one side he selected the pipe organ from inside the Musikverein in Vienna. On the other, he chose a variety of musical instruments to represent the orchestra’s famous sound.
On the obverse side of the 2012 1 oz Silver Austrian Philharmonic is the pipe organ from the Musikverein. The design is surrounded by engravings that include the year of minting and face value, in euros, of the coin. Additional engravings include the German words “REPUBLIK OSTERREICH” and “1 UNZE FEINSILBER.” Translated into English, these phrases mean “Republic of Austria” and “1 ounce pure silver.”
The reverse side of the coin features a cornucopia of musical instruments played by members of the Vienna Philharmonic. Among the instruments are a harp, violin, bassoon, and French horn. Engravings on this side of the coin include “WEINER PHILHARMONIKER” and “SILBER.” Translated into English, these phrases mean “Vienna Philharmonic” and “Silver.”
Legend says that Duke Leopold VI of Austria founded the Austrian Mint in 1194 with 15 tonnes of silver he extracted from England’s King Richard the Lionheart as a ransom. King Richard was held hostage in Austria by the Duke during his return from the crusades, and was forced to pay for his freedom before continuing his journey. Today, the mint is the primary facility responsible for producing circulation and commemorative coins for the government.
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