The Austrian Silver Philharmonic coin is a beautiful tribute to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The coin has been minted in silver only since 2008 and is the first silver bullion coin ever to have a Euro face value. Today, it is one of the most recognizable silver coins in the world. The coin was minted in response to unprecedented demand for a silver version of the popular Gold Philharmonic coin.
The obverse side of the coin bears the country of issue and features the great pipe organ that’s located in the Golden Hall of Vienna’s concert hall, Musikverein. Built in 1870, the Golden Hall is considered by many to possess the best acoustics in the world. The massive, iconic organ was installed in 1907 and is a well-known signature of the Vienna Philharmonic.
The reverse side of the coin displays a bouquet arrangement of various symphonic instruments including a French horn, bassoon, cello, harp, two violins and two violas.
Aside from its precious metal contents, which is indicated by inscription on both sides of the coin, the Austrian Silver Philharmonic coin is nearly identical to the 24 karat gold Vienna Philharmonic coin. The gold version of the coin was first minted in 1989 and was the best selling gold bullion coin across the world in 1992, 1995 and 1996. Like its silver counterpart, the Austrian Gold Philharmonic was the first gold bullion coin to be denominated in Euros. The face value of the gold coin is €100.
Since their debut in 2008, the Austrian Silver coins have been popular with collectors because they are generally available for lower premiums than other silver bullion coins from around the world. The issue value for the coin is €19.25.