Gold Coin Information
The Austrian Gold Philharmonic is a popular gold bullion coin produced by the Austrian Mint in Vienna. It was the best selling gold coin worldwide for the years 1992, 1995, and 1996. It also has the distinction of being the first gold bullion coin denominated in Euros.
The Gold Philharmonic was created to honor the Vienna Philharmonics Orchestra, which is known as one of the greatest musical ensembles. The obverse of the coin depicts the Great Organ from the concert hall. Inscriptions indicate the gold content, .9999 gold purity, and the year of mintage. The reverse design features a collection of instruments from the orchestra and “Wiener Philharmoniker” (Vienna Philharmonic).
The gold bullion coins were first produced in 1989. From 1989 to 2001, the coin was denominated in Austrian Shillings. From 2002 to present, the coins have been denominated in euros. The coins are produced in 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/10 oz sizes. The face values are 100, 50, 25, and 10 euros, respectively. In 2004, a very limited number of 1,000 ounce Gold Philharmonics were produced with a face value of 100,000 Euros.
Starting in 2008, the Silver Philharmonic has also been produced. This coin carries an identical design to the gold coin, with the exception of the obverse inscriptions which state the metal content and face value.
Dates: 1989 – present
Mint: Austrian Mint
Weight: 31.1030 grams
Composition: 99.99% gold
Diameter: 37.0 mm
Thickness: 2.0 mm
Gold Content: 1 troy ounce