The official bullion coin of the nation of Austria is the Gold Austrian Philharmonic coin, which debuted in 1989 in the popular 1 oz weight and this ¼ oz weight, as well. Struck using .9999 pure gold, the Gold Philharmonic was the best-selling coin in the world in 1992, 1995, and 1996. To this date it remains the best-selling coin in mainland Europe. Right now, Silver.com offers the 2016 ¼ oz Gold Austrian Philharmonic coin.
- Arrives in an individual flip or mint-sealed tubes of 20 coins.
- Consists of one-quarter troy ounce of .9999 fine gold.
- Bears a face value of €25 (Euros) backed by the Austrian government.
- Inspired by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Designed by Thomas Pesendorfer.
- Struck by the Austrian Mint.
Gold Austrian Philharmonic coins have an interesting history and status in Europe. The coins were originally introduced with face values listed in Austrian Shillings. The shift from individual currencies to the shared Euro when the European Union was formed meant a shift from Shillings to the common Euro serving as the face value marking on the Gold Philharmonic.
While the coins were considered legal tender in Austria before the change, and continue to enjoy that status afterward, their status in Europe is different. Although the coins bear the common Eurozone currency value, they do not enjoy legal tender status in other Eurozone nations.
The coins feature a brilliant design inspired by the nation’s Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which was formed in 1842 and is regarded as one of the finest musical groups in the world today. Both the obverse and reverse design imagery draw inspiration from the orchestra itself.
On the obverse face is the Musikverein pipe organ found in the Vienna Philharmonic’s orchestra hall in the Vienna neighborhood of Inner Stadt. Engravings on this face read “Republik Osterreich,” “1 Unze Gold 9999,” and feature the coin’s year of issue and face value.
The reverse displays the variety of musical instruments used by members of the Vienna Philharmonic. Included in the design are instruments such as the harp, cello, bassoon, and French horn. Engravings here are also in German, the native Austrian tongue, and include “Wiener Philharmoniker.”
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