Few coin programs from continental Europe have enjoyed the meteoric rise of the Silver Austrian Philharmonic coin. Struck as the official bullion coin of Austria, it was only natural to choose the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as the source of inspiration for the coins design. Right now you can purchase the 2016 Silver Austrian Philharmonic coin in BU condition on Silver.com.
- Ninth annual striking of Silver Austrian Philharmonic coins.
- Ships to you in an individual flip, sealed mint tubes of 20, or mint boxes of 500 coins.
- Consists of one troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Face value of €1.50 (Euro) is fully supported by the Austrian government and the EU.
- Designed by Thomas Pessendorfer.
- Commemorates the cultural importance of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Available in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
The Austrian Philharmonic coin program originated in 1989 as a gold bullion program from the Austrian Mint. Thomas Pessendorfer was the designer behind the images found on the reverse and obverse of the gold coins. When the Silver Austrian Philharmonic coin was introduced in 2008, the mint opted to continue the use of Pessendorfer’s exact images on the silver variant.
Unlike the Gold Philharmonic, Silver Austrian Philharmonic coins are only available in 1 oz weights. However, the Silver Philharmonic was an instant hit with collectors and investors. Its original mintage of 7.7 million coins in 2008 represents the lowest annual mintage level to date in the coin’s short history.
The reverse face of the coin features a cornucopia of musical instruments used by the members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Included in the image are a harp, violin, cello, bassoon, flute, and French horn. The words “Wiener Philharmonier” and “Silber” are engraved above the design.
On the obverse is the pipe organ inside the Golden Hall at the Musikverien in the Inner Stadt neighborhood of Vienna. Once again, the engravings on this face are in German and read “Republik Osterreich” and “1 Unze Feinsilber,” as well as engravings of the year of issue and face value of the coin in Euros.
The Austrian Mint was founded in the 12th century, making it one of Europe’s oldest operating facilities. It is also one of the few facilities in the Eurozone permitted to print paper currency and coinage for the nations of the European Union.
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