Austrian Silver Philharmonic Coins

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The Austrian Silver Philharmonic coins are sometimes also referred to as Vienna Philharmonic silver coins because they display a pipe organ from the concert hall of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Wiener Philharmoniker). In fact, the coins have the same design as the best-selling Austrian Gold Philharmonic coins. The Austrian Mint produces the popular silver coins since 2008, albeit only in the 1 oz denomination. The coins out of 99.9% fine silver sell very well worldwide, so it aren't only European investors that buy silver in the form of these coins. Already during the first five years from 2008 to 2012, more than 54 million units found a buyer.

The government-backed Silver Philharmonics are legal tender in Austria with a face value of 1.5 Euros. Only brilliant uncirculated coins are issued. Silver Philharmonic coins can be purchased individually, in plastic tubes containing 20 coins and in mint boxes of 500 coins. American buyers that are investing in silver for their retirement can include the coins in their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA's).

obverse side of the 2016 issue of the brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Silver Philharmonics
reverse side of the 2016 issue of the brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Austrian Silver Philharmonic coins

Coin Specifications

Weight Face Value Purity Diameter x Thickness
1 oz 1.50 Euro 99.9% 37 x 3.2 mm

Silver Philharmonic Coin Design

The Austrian Philharmonic silver coins are identical in design to the gold version. Thomas Pesendorfer, the chief engraver of the Austrian Mint, created the design that is displayed on all versions of the Austrian Philharmonic coins. The obverse shows an arrangement of classical music instruments of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, including a horn, harp, cello and four violins. The German name "Wiener Philharmoniker" of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra appears on top with the German word for silver ("Silber") in smaller letters underneath. Due to its music-themed design, this best-selling silver bullion coin is sometimes also referred to as Vienna Philharmonic silver coin.

The Great Organ that is located in the Viennese Concert Hall (the home venue of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) is featured on the reverse side of each Austrian Philharmonic silver coin. "Republik Österreich" - Austrian Republic - is engraved above it and the coin's year of mintage, face value and actual silver weight appear below.

History of the Silver Philharmonic Coins

Inspired by the continuing success of the Gold Philharmonics, the Austrian Mint first issued the Austrian Silver Philharmonics on the 1st of February 2008. The coins are only available in the denomination of 1 oz. Nevertheless, more than 54 million sold coins between 2008 and 2012 alone attest to the fact that the Silver Philharmonic quickly became Europe's best-selling silver bullion coin.

Mintage Numbers

Mintage of the 1 oz Austrian Silver Philharmonic coin started in 2008. Only brilliant uncirculated coins are minted and annual production peaked in 2011 with 17,873,700 coins. Even the lowest annual mintage counted in the millions with 4,643,508 coins in 2014. The Silver Philharmonic coin has a low numismatic (collectible) value because of these high production numbers and is therefore mainly bought by investors. The Austrian Silver Philharmonic is generally available for lower premiums over the spot price of silver than other silver bullion coins.

obverse side of the 2016 issue of the brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Gold Philharmonics
reverse side of the 2016 issue of the brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Austrian Gold Philharmonic coins

Austrian Gold Philharmonics

The Austrian Mint produces Europe's best-selling gold coins since 1989. The Austrian Gold Philharmonics were also the world's best-selling gold coins in certain years. The coins that are sometimes also referred to as Vienna Philharmonic gold coins are generally available in the five denominations of 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz and 1/25 oz. The 99.99% pure coins count among the highest-purity gold bullion coins. Both brilliant uncirculated and proof Gold Philharmonics are offered. The name and design of the coins was chosen as a tribute to the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Austrian Gold Philharmonic page gives more information about the coins and allows you to compare current prices.

obverse side of the 2016 issue of the brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Platinum Philharmonics
reverse side of the 2016 issue of the brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Austrian Platinum Philharmonic coins

Austrian Platinum Philharmonics

The Austrian Mint started issuing the Platinum Philharmonic coins in 2016. The Austrian Platinum Philharmonics are sometimes also referred to as Vienna Platinum Philharmonics since their name and design was chosen as a tribute to the world-famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The new coins out of 99.95% pure platinum are identical in design to the gold and silver versions of the Philharmonic coins. Their obverse shows an arrangement of classical music instruments and the Great Organ that is located in the Viennese Concert Hall appears on the reverse. Only 1 oz coins are minted for now with a brilliant uncirculated finish. The coins with a face value of 100 Euros are identical in size (37 mm diameter) to the gold and silver 1 oz coins.

The Austrian Platinum Philharmonic page gives more information about the coins and allows you to compare current prices.

Austrian Philharmonic Silver Coin Sets

2016 3x1 oz Austrian Philharmonic Set

3x1 oz Philharmonic Set 2016

total gold weight: 1 oz

total silver weight: 1 oz

total platinum weight: 1 oz

The set consists of all three 1 oz Austrian Philharmonic coins. Whereas the 1 oz gold (since 1989) and silver coins (since 2008) already existed for years, the platinum coin was minted for the first time in 2016.