The Gold Austrian Philharmonic coin regularly ranks among the best-selling bullion coins in Europe, and for a 28th consecutive year these coins are available for sale from the Austrian Mint. While the program as a whole celebrates 28 years, the ½ oz version of the coin marks 23 years of production. The 2017 ½ oz Gold Austrian Philharmonic Coin is available to purchase online now at Silver.com.
- Ships to you in a plastic capsule or mint tubes of 20 coins.
- 23rd anniversary release of the ½ oz Gold Austrian Philharmonic coin!
- Consists of One-Half Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold in BU condition.
- Issued a face value of €50 (Euros) by Austria.
- Obverse features the Musikverein’s Pipe Organ.
- Reverse includes a variety of musical instruments used by the orchestra.
- Designed by Thomas Pesendorfer.
Gold Austrian Philharmonic coins have an interesting history when it comes to face values and the status of the coins as legal tender. When the Gold Philharmonic was originally introduced, the face value of the coins was listed in Austrian Shillings and considered legal tender only in Austria.
The adoption of the common Eurozone currency by member states in 2002 resulted in the Gold Philharmonic receiving a face value listed in Euros. However, the legal tender status of the coins existed only in Austria, despite the fact that Euros are accepted by all member nations in the Eurozone.
The obverse of the Gold Austrian Philharmonic coin includes the image of the Great Pipe Organ, which is located inside the Musikverein Golden Concert Hall in the Innere Stadt neighborhood of Austria’s capital city of Vienna.
On the reverse of the 2017 ½ oz Gold Austrian Philharmonic coin is the image of a collection of musical instruments used by the members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which was formed in 1842 and is considered by many to be one of, if not the, finest orchestras in the world.
All Gold Austrian Philharmonic designs came from Thomas Pesendorfer, Chief Engraver of the Austrian Mint. His designs originated in 1989 and have not changed since, finding use on the silver and platinum variants of the coin as well.
Each 2017 ½ oz Gold Austrian Philharmonic Coin in this listing is in BU condition. Coins in BU condition have no signs of wear and tear on the surfaces, though you may notice a range of minor flaws such as breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, or contact marks from the coining process.
The Austrian Mint is the official sovereign mint of the government of Austria, and is one of the few in Europe authorized to produce Euros for the common currency zone of the European Union.
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