Austrian Philharmonic coins are the official bullion coins of the nation of Austria, and celebrate the cultural heritage of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. First introduced as Gold Austrian Philharmonics in 1989, the Silver Austrian Philharmonic wasn’t released until 2008. The Silver Austrian Philharmonic Coin is available today from Silver.com with varied dates and Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
- Arrives in an individual flip, mint tubes of 20 coins, or boxes of 500 coins.
- Official silver bullion coins of Austria.
- First struck in 2008, available to current.
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Issued a face value of €1.50 (Euros) by the Austrian government.
- Obverse features the Musikverein Golden Hall.
- Reverse bears a cornucopia of musical instruments.
- Designed by Austrian Mint Chief Engraver Thomas Pesendorfer.
- Varied dates of issue.
- BU specimens.
The Austrian Philharmonic coin program is one of continental Europe’s most coveted. Launched in 1989 as the Gold Austrian Philharmonic, the program has undergone numerous periods of growth since that time. In 2008, these Silver Austrian Philharmonic coins were introduced, various additional weights in gold have debuted since 1989, and in 2016 the mint unveiled an all-new Platinum Austrian Philharmonic coin.
All Austrian Philharmonic coins share the same obverse and reverse designs. Created by the mint’s Chief Engraver, Mr. Pesendorfer, in 1989, the reverse and obverse images have been used on all finishes, weights, and precious metal coins in the series.
On the obverse of the Silver Austrian Philharmonic coin is the image of the pipe organ inside the Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna, Austria. The reverse of the coin features a collection of musical instruments typically used by the members of the orchestra.
Engravings on both sides of the coin are in German, the native tongue of Austria. On the obverse, “Republik Osterreich” is the German for Republic of Austria, and “1 Unze Feinsilber” stands for 1 ounce pure silver. The reverse includes the words “Wiener Philharmoniker,” or Vienna Philharmonic, and “silber,” or silver.
Each of these Silver Austrian Philharmonic coins is a BU specimen, which indicates the lack of wear and tear. However, minor flaws including breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, and contact marks are visible. There is no guarantee of the date of issue for the coin you’ll receive, other than noting you’ll receive a coin from between 2008 and 2016, the current year of availability.
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