This coin is an Austrian silver 1 ounce bullion piece. Austria is one of the biggest silver minters worldwide. Philharmonics are collected by stackers along with the American Silver Eagles, Chinese Pandas, Canadian Maples, Mexican Libertads, Russian St. George 3 Rubles, and Great Britain’s Brittanias. They’ve been issued annually since 2008, and have a beautiful musical themed obverse celebrating the instruments of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
On the obverse, the dominant image is the pipe organ of the Musikverein concert hall in Vienna, Austria. The legends on this side of the coin include the German words “REPUBLIK OSTERREICH” clockwise from 9:00 to 3:00 and “1 UNZE FEINSILBER” horizontally about 2/3 of the way down the coin. Below that is the date, and at the bottom from 7:00 to 5:00 is the denomination “1.50 EURO”.
The reverse shows an array of musical instruments, under the legend “Wiener Philharmoniker” from 9:00 to 3:00. The instruments include a violin, viola, cello, bassoon, flute, harp, and French horn.
Identification code: KM-3159
Mint Mark: n/a
Country of origin: Austria
Composition: 99.9% Silver
Weight: 31g (1 oz)
Other details: Thomas Pesendorfer is the artist behind the reverse design. His imagery was originally designed in 1989 for use on the Gold Austrian Philharmonic Coin.
The Austrian mint was founded in 1194 by Duke Leopold VI of Austria. Leopold was paid a huge 15 ton silver ransom by England’s King Richard the Lionheart when the king traveled through the region on his return from The Crusades. Today, the Austrian Mint produces all the circulation and commemorative coins for the national government.
Estimated Value: $23 with silver at ~$18/oz