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2013 Austria 1.5 Euro Silver Coin Philharmonic

Austria Philharmonic 2013 Silver 1.5 Euro Coin reverse

Austria Philharmonic 2013 Silver 1.5 Euro Coin reverse

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”.

Austria Philharmonic 2013 Silver 1.5 Euro Coin

Austria Philharmonic 2013 Silver 1.5 Euro Coin

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

Date: 2013

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: 14,536,400

Country of origin: Austria

Composition: 99.9% Silver

Size: 37mm

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

Austria 1 Corona Silver Coin 1915

This coin has had a rough century (a bit like the Austro Hungarian Empire). I would grade in VG8, but that might be a bit generous.

*Correction: This is a Hungarian, or an AustroHungarian coin, rather than  belonging solely to Austria. I cataloged it incorrectly in the title (but have left it that way so that this correction makes sense). Please see the comments for more information.

On the obverse, it shows the bust of Franz Joseph I of Austria facing to the right and wearing a laurel wreath. The legend wraps from 7:00 to 5:00 and reads “Ferencz Jozsef I * K * A * CS * ES M * H * S * D * O * AP * KIR.”

Austria 1 Corona Silver Coin 1915 Obverse

Austria 1 Corona Silver Coin 1915 Obverse

On the reverse, an Austrian crown is surrounded by an upturned wreath. The crown has a crooked cross on top (canted 45 degrees to the left) and strange ear straps hanging down. The denomination is under the crown and above the wreath “1 Korona” with the date below.

Austria 1 Corona Silver Coin 1915 Reverse

Austria 1 Corona Silver Coin 1915 Reverse

Identification code: Austria KM-2820, minted from 1912-1916

Date: 1915

Mint Mark: n/a (“K.B.” under the bust are the designer’s initials)

Mintage: 23,000,000 (the largest mintage of this series)

Country of origin: Austria

Composition: 83.5% Silver

Size: 22 mm

Weight: 5g (0.1342 oz ASW)

Other details: Unlike other Austrian coins from 1915 (specifically the 1915 gold ducats), the silver bullion issues were not reminted in later years without changing the date. So, the 23M mintage figure is firm.

Estimated Value: $4-5 with silver at ~$33/oz

1973 Austria 25 Schilling for Max Reinhardt – 25 Shilling Osterreich

This coin is in great shape – it is somewhere between EF45 and BU.

On the obverse, it shows Max Reinhardt; a famous Austrian/German director whose career was cut short by the rise of the Nazi party and his Jewish ancestry. His bust is shown facing to the left, and he has a rather spectacular nose. The legend reads “Max Reinhardt” and the lower register reads “1873 – 1943 – 1973” (his year of birth, death, and the centennial of his birth when the coin was minted).

Austria 25 Shilling Silver Coin Obverse

1973 Austria 25 Shilling Silver Coin Obverse

The reverse shows the same pattern as many other Austrian coins, including other 25 schillings minted from 1955 to 1973. It was designed by Adolf Hofmann and shows 10 shields – one for each of the Coat of Arms of the 9 Austrian Länder (similar to a state or province), with the crest of the Austrian Republic shown slightly larger at the crowning position of 12:00. Clockwise from the Coat of Arms of the Osterreich Republik are crests for Burgenland,  Kaernten (aka Carinthia), Niederösterreich (aka Lower Austria), Oberösterreich (aka Upper Austria), Salzburg, Steiermark (aka Styria), Tirol (aka Tyrol), Vorarlberg, and the cruciform shield of Wien (Vienna). The denomination “25 Schilling” is inside of the ring formed by these Coats of Arm.

Austria 25 Shilling Silver Coin Reverse

Austria 25 Shilling Silver Coin Reverse

Identification code: Austria KM-2915

Date: 1973

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: 2,323,000 in uncirculated + 177,000 in proof. IMO, this doesn’t appear to be a proof strike.

Country of origin: Austria

Composition: 80% Silver

Size: 30.5 mm

Weight: 13 grams (0.3344 oz ASW)

Other details: Max Reinhardt may be thought of as the founding father of Austria’s National theater, but he died in 1943 in New York after fleeing Hitler’s Germany and the anschluss with Austria.

His peers (and history) held Max Reinhart in high esteem:

Whatever we may think of the art value of the
work of Max Reinhardt, one of the greatest masters
of modern stagecraft, the comprehensiveness and
optimistic tone of the whole are inspiriting. Its
summary and revelation of the ideas which are now
transforming the theatre in Europe, and its sugges-
tion that the shoulders of the theatre will eventually
be relieved of its present burden of ugliness, open up
endless vistas on expansion which contrast curiously
with the avenues of contraction now confronting
the English theatre. Max Reinhardt has a genuine
love for the theatre, and his attitude towards it is
one of aspiration, whatever may be the peculiarity
of his style.