Silver Ounce (1 oz), Coin Type from Austria - detailed information

Silver Ounce (1 oz), Coin Type from Austria (issued 2008 - )
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)

The Vienna Philharmonic (German: Wiener Philharmoniker), often shortened to just Philharmonic or called the Austrian Philharmonic, is a bullion coin of gold, silver, or platinum produced by the Austrian Mint (Münze Österreich). The coin is named for the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra, which inspired the design of both sides. It was introduced in 1989 as a one ounce and a quarter ounce gold coin. In later years, more sizes and metals were added, including one ounce of silver denominated as 1.5 Euros. Because they are not in the standard circulating denominations (from 1 Euro Cent to €2), the coins are legal tender in Austria only and not in the whole Eurozone. Like any bullion coin though, their actual value is based primarily on the metal content and the spot price of that metal on the commodities markets.

The design on the coin remains the same each year; only the year of issue changes. The obverse of the coin depicts the pipe organ in the Vienna Musikverein's Golden Hall. The reverse shows instruments of the Vienna Philharmonic, including Vienna horn, bassoon, harp, and four violins centred on a cello. Both designs were produced by Thomas Pesendorfer, who was the chief engraver of the Austrian Mint between 1993 and 2016.

Obverse
Austria / Silver Ounce (1 oz) - obverse photo

The obverse design of the coin features the pipe organ from Goldener Saal (the Golden Hall) in the Musikverein, the concert hall in Vienna where the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra plays.

Around above, the legend REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH (translated from German: Republic of Austria).

In the exergue, the precious metal content 1 UNZE FEINSILBER (one troy ounce of fine silver), below which the date of issue [year].

Around below, the nominal face value 1,50 EURO.

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE FEINSILBER [year] 1,50 EURO
Reverse
Austria / Silver Ounce (1 oz) - reverse photo

The reverse design features an array of musical instruments typical for the orchestra: four violins either side of a cello in the foreground, and the Viennese horn, the bassoon and the harp behind.

Around above, the inscription WIENER PHILHARMONIKER (Vienna Philharmonic).

Below that in smaller letters, SILBER (silver).

Reverse Inscription WIENER PHILHARMONIKER SILBER
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

For other coins and bullion products of the same size, see also:
- Australia silver ounce (legal tender) and silver ounce private bullion
- New Zealand silver ounce (NCLT)
- Niue (a New Zealand territory), silver ounce (NCLT) and silver ounce legal tender bullion
- Saint Helena silver ounce (NCLT) and silver ounce legal tender bullion
- South Africa silver ounce (including the 1oz silver Krugerrand)
- United Kingdom silver ounce (legal tender) and silver ounce private bullion

Coin Type: Silver Ounce (1 oz) - (15) Coins
Coin NameMintageLegend
Silver Ounce 2008 Vienna Philharmonic 7,773,018 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE FEINSILBER 2008 1,50 EURO
Silver Ounce 2009 Vienna Philharmonic 9,014,839 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE FEINSILBER 2009 1,50 EURO
Silver Ounce 2010 Vienna Philharmonic 11,358,168 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE FEINSILBER 2010 1,50 EURO
Silver Ounce 2011 Vienna Philharmonic 17,873,721 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE FEINSILBER 2011 1,50 EURO
Silver Ounce 2012 Vienna Philharmonic 8,769,227 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE FEINSILBER 2012 1,50 EURO
Silver Ounce 2013 Vienna Philharmonic 14,536,408 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE FEINSILBER 2013 1,50 EURO
Silver Ounce 2014 Vienna Philharmonic 4,643,508 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE FEINSILBER 2014 1,50 EURO
Silver Ounce 2015 Vienna Philharmonic 7,298,593 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE FEINSILBER 2015 1,50 EURO
Silver Ounce 2016 Vienna Philharmonic 3,448,390 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE FEINSILBER 2016 1,50 EURO
Silver Ounce 2017 Vienna Philharmonic 2,064,804 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE FEINSILBER 2017 1,50 EURO
Silver Ounce 2018 Vienna Philharmonic 2,101,592 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE FEINSILBER 2018 1,50 EURO
Silver Ounce 2019 Vienna Philharmonic 2,904,983 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE FEINSILBER 2019 1,50 EURO
Silver Ounce 2020 Vienna Philharmonic 7,193,117 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE FEINSILBER 2020 1,50 EURO
Silver Ounce 2021 Vienna Philharmonic unknown REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE FEINSILBER 2021 1,50 EURO
Silver Ounce 2022 Vienna Philharmonic unknown REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE FEINSILBER 2022 1,50 EURO
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Silver Ounce (1 oz): Details
CountryAustria
CurrencyEuro, Austria
From2008
Face Value1.5 (x Euro, Austria)
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerThomas Pesendorfer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size37.000 mm
Thickness3.200 mm
Mass31.103 g