Issued in celebration of the 175th anniversary of that “Grand Concert”, and thus the founding of the Vienna Philharmonic, this splendid coin pays homage to the world famous orchestra and its unique sound.
- Contains .667 oz of .925 fine Silver.
- Packaged with a mint box along with a certificate of authenticity.
- Mintage of only 30,000 coins.
- Obverse: Features portraits of the orchestra’s three founding fathers, Otto Nicolai, August Schmidt and Alfred Julius Becher. In the background is the deed of incorporation of the orchestra, which was founded on principles of democracy and entrepreneurial initiative. The logo of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra is imprinted with gold color.
- Reverse: Depicts detail from Max Oppenheimer's 15 meter triptych "Die Philharmoniker", which hangs in the Belvedere museum in Vienna.
- Guaranteed by the Austrian government.
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Founded on principles of democracy and entrepreneurial initiative, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra gave what is considered to be its first performance on March 28, 1842. Not only did the “Grand Concert”, conducted by Otto Nicolai, lay the foundations for technically and musically brilliant performances of classical symphonic works, it also provided the members of the Court Opera Orchestra with an alternative source of income. "From the heart, to the heart" was the motto with which Ludwig von Beethoven prefaced his Missa Solemni. This motto also encapsulates the essence of the Vienna Philharmonic’s unique sound, a sound that has made the orchestra world famous.
The Vienna Mint was originally situated near Hoher Merkt and later at various locations in Vienna. Since the first half of the 19th century, the mint has been housed in Heumarkt in central Vienna, where coins are still struck to this day. Minting facilities opened throughout Austria until 1918 when the Republic of Austria was formed and the Vienna Principal Mint became the singular minting facility. In 1989, the name officially changed to the Austrian Mint and became a subsidiary of the Austrian National Bank.
One of the Austrian Mint’s most recognized coins is the Maria Teresa Thaler, which is not simply a famous Silver coin, but one that boasts the greatest number minted. Another prime example of the mint’s international success is the Gold Philharmonic, one of the most popular Gold bullion coins worldwide. The Gold Philharmonic has played a vital role in developing the Austrian Mint into a highly successful company. The Austrian Mint’s beautifully crafted coins are minted in the heart of Vienna and are sought after by investors and collectors around the world.