The most popular coin series from the European continent is the Austrian Philharmonic. Introduced in 1989, today the Austrian Philharmonic coin program includes a gold, silver, and platinum version from the Austrian Mint. It is, however, the Austrian Gold Philharmonic coin that anchors the series and was the original offering in the program.
Austrian Gold Philharmonic coins originated in 1989 as a 1 oz gold bullion coin and 1/4 oz gold bullion coin. The Gold Philharmonic coin is the only one in the greater series to have featured two different denominations for its face value. When the coins were originally introduced in 1989, Austria still used its sovereign Austrian Schilling as its official currency.
The launch of the Eurozone’s common economy and currency, the Euro, changed the face value of the coins starting in 2002. The face value of 2,000 (ATS) shifted to the common currency, with all coins struck since 2002 bearing a €100 (Euro) face value. Although the coins have a Euro face value, they are only considered legal tender in Austria.
On the obverse side of all 1 oz Austrian Gold Philharmonic Coins you’ll find the image of the Musikverein Pipe Organ found inside of the Golden Music Hall. Located in the Innere Stadt neighborhood of Vienna, the national capital of Austria, the hall is the home performance center of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
The reverse of the Gold Philharmonic includes a cornucopia of musical instruments used by members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Included in this design are a Vienna horn, bassoon, harp, four violins, and a cello, which serves as the central focal point of the design. Both designs in the coin series come from Thomas Pesendorfer, the chief engraver of the Austrian Mint.
In this product listing you have the chance to purchase 1 oz Austrian Gold Philharmonic coins, each containing .9999 pure gold. These products come from a random year of issue, with mintage dates ranging from 1989 when the coins were introduced to 2016.