Silver Philharmonic

Posted by on October 31, 2011

Coin Weight (g) Composition Silver Melt Value Full Melt Value
Silver Philharmonic
31.1 99.9% silver
Vienna Philharmonic Silver Coins from Austrian Mint (photo by sirquitos*)

Vienna Philharmonic Silver Coins from Austrian Mint (photo by sirquitos*)

The Vienna mint of Austria first minted the Silver Philharmonic in 2008.  This silver coin is the first Euro-denominated 99.9% pure silver bullion coin.  The Austrian Silver Philharmonic is a 1.50 Eurodollar coin; it is one troy ounce (31.1 grams) of fine silver is 37mm in diameter and 3.2mm thick.

The obverse displays a variety of instruments; a string bass, two cellos, two violins, a bassoon, a harp, and a French horn.  “WENER PHILHARMONIKER” (the German for Vienna Philharmonic) encircles the top of the coin, with “SILBER” in much smaller letter directly below and above the instruments.

The reverse has the ‘Great Pipe Organ’.  This organ is in the Vienna’s Golden Hall of Musikverein; the home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.  Directly underneath the ‘Great Pipe Organ’ is “1UNZE FEINSILBER” (ounce fine silver) and directly under that the date.  “1,50 EURO” encircles the bottom while “REPUBLIK OSTERREICH” (republic Austria) encircles the top.

This series is still being minted at the Austrian Mint in Vienna.  This mint is over eight hundred years old and founded in 1194 AD to create silver coins for the Austrian.   The founding moneys for the mint and the coins it would produce came from a ransom of 150,000 marks (65,000 pounds of silver).  The ransom was for England’s King Richard the Lionhearted, who was taken prisoner in Vienna while returning from his unsuccessful crusade.  Now the Austrian Mint is one of the most modern in the world.

Since 2008 the Austrian Mint has produced several series of silver Eurodollar coins.  The 3rd set of silver coin “Tales and Legends in Austria” and the 2nd coin minted in this series is “King Richard the Lionhearted in Prison”.  This silver coin’s face value is 10 Eurodollars.  It’s 32mm in diameter made of 92.5% (sterling) silver.  Then “Iron-Worth its Weight in Gold: Erzberb in Styria” is the third, “The Sleeping Emperor: Charlemagne Slumbers Under the Untersberg” is the fourth in this series.

The “75 Years Grossglockner Alpine Road” is a 5-Eurodollar 80% silver coin is 28.5mm in diameter.  Then there are; “Andreas Hofer and Tyrol’s struggle against Napoleon” and also “Winter Games”.

There is also a 20 Eurodollar silver coin “Rome on the Danube-when the Romans ruled the ancient world” has two coin designs in this series, and a six silver coin series “Austrian Railways”.  These are all 90% fine silver 34mm in diameter with the face value of 20 Eurodollars.  Then there is a “Nicholas von Jacquin” 20 Eurodollar coin celebrating the life of this explorer and Imperial Botanist, it is a part of The European series which includes 8 countries issuing a coin this year as a part of the “Eurpa Star” program.

5 Responses to Silver Philharmonic

  1. aniana

    Good posting for those item collectors.

  2. Spot Price of Silver Today

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  3. panca

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  4. Cash for Gold RI

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