Austria was one of the first twelve countries in the Eurozone to introduce the euro (€), on 1 January 2002. Since then, the Austrian Mint has been minting both normal issues of Austrian euro coins (which are intended for circulation) and commemorative euro coins in gold and silver. Silver Vienna Philharmonic Coins were introduced in 2008, joining their esteemed golden counterparts, and are minted in triple-nine silver (a silver fineness of 0.999), have a legal tender value of €1.5, and measure 37mm across.
For years, the call had gone out for a silver version of the Vienna Philharmonic Coin bearing the same design as the original gold coin. The Austrian Mint finally acquiesced and released it to the world on Feb. 1, 2008.
"A good producer listens to the market," Austrian Mint Master Dietmar Spranz said at the time. "The addition of a silver ounce to our bullion program was a quite logical step, and it once again demonstrates the Austrian Mint's competence in precious metals."
The artwork on these coins is that of Thomas Pesendorfer. Each Silver Vienna Philharmonic coin features imagery of the cultural pride of Austria, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The obverse side of the coin is stamped with the name of the orchestra and the word "silver" in German, and features a montage of instruments, including a string bass, cellos, violins, a bassoon, harp and Viennese horn, representing Austria's rich musical and cultural heritage. The reverse side of the coin features the image of the "Great Organ" found in the "Golden Hall", the concert hall where the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs. Of interest, the Golden Hall was not built to the accepted acoustic standards known today and is long, narrow and tall. It measures approximately forty-eight meters long, nineteen meters wide, and eighteen meters high but still seats over 1,700 people with room for another 300 standing individuals. The country of issue, the silver weight in ounces, and the 1.5 euro legal tender value are also stamped on the reverse side of the coin.
Austrian Philharmonic Coins are produced by the Austrian Mint in Vienna, Austria, which has been producing innovative coinage and currency for over 800 years, making it one of the oldest continuously-producing minting institutions in the world. In fact, the Mint traces its roots back to the year 1194 when an enormous silver treasure—from a ransom paid to free England's overlord, King Richard the Lionhearted, taken prisoner in Vienna on his way back from the Crusades—was used to create silver coins for the Austrian empire. In October 2004, under the direction of Master of the Mint Dietmar Spranz, the Austrian Mint issued a massive 1,000 troy ounce Vienna Philharmonic Gold Coin affectionately known as the "Big Phil." The Mint produced only 15 of these mega-coins, each weighing in at slightly more than 68 pounds of pure .9999 fine gold and carrying a face value of 100,000 euro.
The Austrian Mint has a long history with precious metals and a commitment to quality and precision. These coins are perfect for music aficionados, history buffs, or anyone stacking metal. Pick yours up today.
|Mint / Brand||Austrian Mint|
|Year||N / A|
|Composition||.999 Fine Silver|
|Measurement||Thickness: 3.2 mm Diameter: 37 mm|
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