The Vienna Philharmonic orchestra is not only an Austrian national treasure, but it is a cultural treasure that belongs to the world. Originally formed in 1842, the orchestra is one of the oldest and most respected musical performance groups in the world. The Austrian Mint pays homage to the Vienna Philharmonic through depictions of the orchestra on the 2015 1 oz Silver Austrian Philharmonic coin. Today, you can purchase this coin from Silver.com with an MS69 grade from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation as part of the Early Release series. Coins in the Early Release series arrive from the mint within the first 30 days of their release. An MS69 grade from the NGC indicates these coins have an attractive, sharp strike and no more than two blemishes.
Austria’s Vienna Philharmonic performs at the Musikverein’s Golden Hall in the capital city’s Innere Stadt neighborhood. The Silver Austrian Philharmonic is the official silver bullion coin of Austria, and uses the same imagery as its counterpart, the Gold Austrian Philharmonic Coin. While the gold coin has been in production since 1989, the Silver Austrian Philharmonic was first introduced in 2008. Since that time it has grown in popularity to become one of the most popular bullion coins from Europe.
On the obverse side of the 2015 1 oz Silver Austrian Philharmonic is a depiction of the pipe organ found inside the Musikverein in Vienna. Engravings on this side are in German and read “Republik Osterreich.” The weight, purity, year of minting, and face value (in Euros) of the coin are also listed here.
The reverse side of the coin features various instruments used by members of the orchestra. Included in the image are a bassoon, harp, Vienna horn, four violins, and a cello. Engravings, also in German, read “Wiener Philharmoniker” and “Silber.” Thomas Pesendorfer, the Austrian Mint’s chief engraver, designed the images used on both sides of the coin.
Today, the Austrian Mint is a subsidiary of the National Bank of Austria and is responsible for the production of all Austrian currency, as well as the currency of numerous other European nations. The mint was originally founded by Duke Leopold VI in 1194 using 15 tonnes of silver paid to him as ransom.
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