|Face Value:||2 Euro|
The Random Date 1 oz Austrian Philharmonic Silver Coins are all struck from one troy oz of .999 fine silver and celebrate the world-famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1848. The Austrian Silver Philharmonic is legal tender in Austria with its face value of 1.50 euro, meaning that the weight and purity of the coin is guaranteed by the Austrian government. Struck at the Vienna Mint since 2008, the Silver Philharmonic was the first, and is still the only, annual investment grade silver bullion coin series denominated in euros. Measuring 37 mm in diameter and 3.2mm thick, it is one of the few silver bullion coins minted with a smooth edge.
Designed by Thomas Pesendorfer, and struck to a proof-like finish, the Austrian Silver Philharmonic features the Great Organ in Vienna's Musikverein Concert Hall. This organ is so huge, that many people mistake the image as that of the Vienna Philharmonic concert hall itself! This side also carrys the legend "Republik Osterreich" (Republic of Austria) the weight of 1 Unze Feinsilber (1 oz Fine Silver) and the year date, in addition to the face value.
Its reverse proclaims "Wiener Philharmoniker" (Vienna Philharmonic) above an array of orchestral instruments: a Viennese Horn, bassoon, and harp behind a string bass, which in turn is flanked by a pair of violins and a pair of cellos.
The Austrian Mint traces its roots back to 1194, when Duke Leopold VI of Austria received 15 TONS of silver as ransom for the release of his mortal enemy, King Richard I of England. Leopold decided to set up a mint and strike silver coins from the massive hoard. Today the Austrian Mint, in addition to the silver and gold Philharmonic series, produces all the circulating coinage for the Republic of Austria, as well as coins and blanks for many other nations. The mint strikes over 450 million coins a year, in bullion, collectible, and circulating varieties.
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