The Gold Austrian Philharmonic is one of the most unique bullion coins offered on the European continent. For starters, it is the only bullion coin in Europe issued with a face value in Euros. Additionally, it is currently the most popular coin on the continent, with a growing fanbase in Japan and North America. Today, the 2016 1 oz Gold Austrian Philharmonic Coin is available on Silver.com.
- Produced for a 27th consecutive year in 2016!
- Arrives in an individual flip, sealed mint tube of 10, or boxes containing 500 coins in total.
- Consists of one troy ounce of .9999 fine gold.
- Bears a face value of €100 (Euros) backed by the Austrian government.
- Design features inspired by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Created by Thomas Pessendorfer.
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is one of, if not the most, important cultural icons for the nation of Austria. Formed during the 1850s, the orchestra has continuously performed in every decade since. Its home at the Musikverein Golden Hall in the Inner Stadt neighborhood of Vienna, the national capital, is a pilgrimage all classic music lovers must make to see.
It was only natural to select this icon as the official inspiration for the nation’s bullion coin program. Gold Austrian Philharmonic coins were introduced as a 1 oz. bullion product in 1989, with a reverse and obverse design courtesy of Thomas Pessendorfer. Today, the program has extended to include four fractional-weight coins in gold, and a 1 oz. Silver Austrian Philharmonic coin (introduced in 2008).
On the reverse face of the Gold Austrian Philharmonic is a collection of musical instruments representative of the orchestra. Included in the design are violins, cellos, a flute, bassoon, and French horn. Engravings on this face are in German, and read “Wiener Philharmoniker.”
The obverse bears the image of the pipe organ found inside the Golden Hall. Engravings on this side are also in German, and read “Republik Osterreich” and “1 Unze Gold 9999.”
Gold Austrian Philharmonic coins are produced by the Austrian Mint. Founded in the 12 century by Duke Leopold V, it is one of Europe’s oldest operating facilities.
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