2021 Austrian Silver Vienna Philharmonic Brilliant Uncirculated Coins

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  1. 2021 Austria €1.5 1-oz Silver Philharmonic Gem BU

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Austria has a rich musical history that is second to none. Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss I, and Johann Strauss II are just a few of its composers that provided beautiful music that continues to be enjoyed centuries after it was written. It is fitting for such a country that its philharmonic orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, would be a world-renowned symbol of the nation. The Austrian Mint shares that symbol with the numismatic world every year in the form of the Austrian Silver Vienna Philharmonic coin, which is struck from .999 fine silver.

History of the Philharmonic Series

The Austrian Mint began striking the Gold Philharmonic in 1989. It took nearly two centuries for the silver coin to join it. The Silver Vienna Philharmonic was first struck in 2008 and featured the same designs as its gold counterpart. Those designs remain unchanged more than a decade later. Since it was first issued, the most popular year for the coin was 2013, when over 14.5 million pieces were struck. From 2017-2019, between two and three million pieces were struck annually.

2021 Austrian Silver Vienna Philharmonic Designs

Both faces of the Philharmonic feature designs by Thomas Pesendorfer. The obverse features the pipe organ of the Musikverein’s Golden Hall. The Musikverein is the home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Just under the organ are inscriptions of the coin’s metal content, “1 UNZE FEINSILBER,” and date, “2021.” Rim inscriptions note the name of the issuing country, “REPUBLIK OSTERREICH,” and the coin’s face value, “1.50 EURO.”

The reverse bears an arrangement of some of the instruments played in the featured orchestra. A cello is at the center, while a bassoon, a French horn, a harp, and four violins are also included. At the top of the design is the inscription of the coin’s metal, “SILBER.” The top portion of the rim notes the orchestra's name and the coin, “WIENER PHILHARMONIKER.”

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