Austria boasts one of the richest histories found anywhere in Europe, and this distinctive culture comes to life with the 2018 Austrian Silver Philharmonic Coin (Brilliant Uncirculated)! These gorgeous coins are the official bullion coin of the Austrian Mint (Münze Österreich) and bear a legal tender face value of €1.5. Each coin contains 1 troy ounce of pure silver by weight and is struck from .999 fine silver.
The obverse design portrays the stunning grand organ piano of the Musikverein concert hall in Vienna, home of the city's Philharmonic orchestra that performs all over the world. The specifications "1 UNZE FEINSILBER" ("1 ounce fine silver") are inscribed below, along with the year of issue "2018" and the denomination "1,50 EURO." The issuing country "REPUBLIK OSTERREICH" fills the top rim in matching Gothic type.
The reverse is graced by a small eight-piece orchestra. Various instruments including a cello, four violins, a Viennese horn, a bassoon, and a harp are spread around the design created by artist Thomas Pesendorfer. The inscription for the legend "WIENER PHILHARMONIKER" translates to "Vienna Philharmonic" in English. The coin uses a plain edge design.
The first internationally traded bullion coins arose during the 1970s and 1980s, making the Silver Philharmonic a relatively late entrant into the market (2008). Nonetheless, the aptly nicknamed "Silver Phils" are now traded all over the world and have become the best-selling silver coin in Europe. Bring the beauty of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra home in .999 fine silver today with the 2018 1 oz Austrian Silver Philharmonic - Brilliant Uncirculated from Gainesville Coins!