|Actual Metal Weight:||1 ozt|
|Face Value:||1.5 Euro|
|Obverse Designer:||Thomas Pesendorfer|
|Reverse Designer:||Thomas Pesendorfer|
The Austrian Silver Philharmonic coin quickly burst on the scene as a favorite among bullion investors in Europe and abroad. This was due in no small measure to the stellar reputation boasted by the Austrian Mint. Not surprisingly, these coins are heralded both as a reliable source of extra-pure .9999 fine (99.99% pure) silver, particularly in the form of a government-issued coin. The 2017 Austrian Silver Philharmonic - Brilliant Uncirculated contains 1 troy ounce of pure silver and is legal tender with a face value of 1.5 Euros.
Thomas Pesendorfer created both the obverse and reverse designs for the Philharmonic coin series. The reverse shows an ensemble of orchestral instruments, ranging from a Viennese horn, bassoon, and harp in the backdrop to an array of violins and a cello in the foreground. The composition is noted above by the small inscription "SILBER." The series name "WIENER PHILHARMONIKER" appears in Gothic lettering around the top half of the rim.
The obverse is graced by a front view of the magnificent Great Organ of the music hall in Vienna where the real Vienna Philharmonic often performs. Below, the weight "1 UNZE FEINSILBER" is indicated just above the date "2017." The denomination of "1,5 EURO" is inscribed at the bottom rim.
The “Silver Philly,” as it is often colloquially known, first appeared on the international landscape in 2008 and has been recognized as both one of the most artistically beautiful coins and as Europe’s most popular silver coin. Moreover, its design is lauded as perhaps the best combination of artistic quality that also captures the cultural heritage of Vienna, the "music capital" of the world, on par with the brilliance and artistic execution of the Canadian Maple Leaf coin design created by Walter Ott of the Royal Canadian Mint.