Austrian Gold Philharmonic Coins

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Austrian Gold Philharmonic coins are not only Europe's best-selling gold coins but were also the world's best-selling gold coins in certain years (1992, 1995, 1996, 2000). Up to 2012, more than 14 million Gold Philharmonics have been sold, weighing approximately 329 tons of gold. The 99.99% pure gold bullion coins that are made by the Austrian Mint since 1989 are also known as Vienna Gold Philharmonic coins. That is because the coins' name and design was chosen as a tribute to the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Wiener Philharmoniker).

The popular 24 karat gold coins count among the purest in the gold coin market today. Higher purity gold coins are more susceptible to scratches and dents. The Austrian Mint packages the Philharmonic gold coins in tubes of ten. The coins are not as easily scratched or dented when taken from their tubes though because of their design.

The Austrian Philharmonics are offered with brilliant uncirculated and proof finishes. The denominations of 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz and 1/25 oz are the most common. Fifteen giant coins of 1.000 oz as well as 6.027 large 20 oz coins were also once fabricated.

Austrian Gold Philharmonics can be included in Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA's). Even though their face value is in Euros, they are only legal tender in Austria and not in the entire eurozone. The Philharmonic's weight and purity is guaranteed by the government of Austria.

obverse side of the 2008 issue of the brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Austrian Gold Philharmonic coin
reverse side of the 2008 issue of the brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Austrian Gold Philharmonic coin

Coin Specifications

Weight Face Value Purity Diameter x Thickness
1 oz 100 Euro 99.99% 37 x 2 mm
1/2 oz 50 Euro 99.99% 28 x 1.6 mm
1/4 oz 25 Euro 99.99% 22 x 1.2 mm
1/10 oz 10 Euro 99.99% 16 x 1.2 mm
1/25 oz 4 Euro 99.99% 13 x 0.92 mm
1.000 troy ounce Big Phil gold coin

Special Issues

Weight Face Value Purity Diameter x Thickness
1.000 oz 100.000 Euro 99.99% 37 x 2 cm
20 oz 2.000 Euro 99.99% 74 x 8.3 mm

Design

The design of the Austrian Gold Philharmonic coin was created by the chief engraver of the Austrian Mint, Thomas Pesendorfer. It has remained unchanged ever since 1989. The obverse side displays an image of classical music instruments of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, including a horn, harp, cello and four violins. The German name "Wiener Philharmoniker" of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is engraved along the coin's edge.

The reverse side features the Great Organ that is located in the Viennese Concert Hall, the home venue of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. “Republik Österreich” - Austrian Republic - is engraved above the organ and the coin's date of mintage, face value as well as actual gold weight and purity appear below. The Austrian Gold Philharmonic coins have a reeded edge.

History

The Austrian Mint in Vienna started producing Austrian Gold Philharmonics in 1 oz and 1/4 oz in 1989. The 1/10 oz and 1/2 oz coins were added to the series in 1991 and 1994 respectively. The 1/25 oz coin is the newest addition to the popular coin series with its first issuance in 2014. Austrian Gold Philharmonics were already Europe's best selling coins in 1990. According to the World Gold Council, they were the world's best-selling gold coins in 1992, 1995, 1996 and 2000. Until 2001, the coins were issued in denominations of Austrian Schilling. Since 2002, they are minted as euros. More than 14 million Austrian Gold Philharmonics have been sold worldwide between 1989 and 2012.

For the coin's 20th anniversary in 2009, the Austrian Mint produced 6.027 coins of 20 oz with a face value of 2.000 Euros each.

Furthermore, the Austrian Mint produced 15 special 1.000 oz versions of the Austrian Gold Philharmonic coin for the 15th anniversary of the coin's existence in 2004. They are known as "Big Phil" and have a face value of 100.000 Euros each. Each of these coins required 130 hours to produce. The 15 coins were all sold within two weeks after sales began.

Mintages

The 1 oz Austrian Gold Philharmonic coin was first minted in 1989. Annual mintages vary between 54.700 coins in 2001 up to 835.700 coins in 2009. The 1/2 oz gold bullion coin was first produced in 1994. The years with the lowest annual mintage were 2000 (20.500 coins), 2005 (21.049 coins) and 2006 (20.085 coins). The lowest annual mintages of the 1/4 oz coin (produced since 1989) were 25.800 coins in 2001 and 25.900 coins in 2000. The 1/10 oz coin that is issued since 1991 had its lowest annual production in 2001 with 26.400 coins. Production of the 1/25 oz coin just started in 2014 with 78.600 coins.

obverse side of the 2017 issue of the brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Austrian Silver Philharmonic coin
reverse side of the 2017 issue of the brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Austrian Silver Philharmonic coin

Austrian Silver Philharmonics

The Austrian Mint introduced the 1 oz Silver Philharmonic coin in 2008. It is struck out of 99.9% pure silver and has a face value of 1.50 Euros. The 1 oz silver coin is 3.2 mm thick, but its diameter is identical to the thinner Gold Philharmonic coin. Austrian Silver Philharmonic coins have the same design as the gold coins but their edge is smooth. More than 54 million pieces of this silver bullion coin were sold between 2008 and 2012. The coins are sometimes also referred to as the Vienna Philharmonic silver coins because their name and design was chosen as a tribute to the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Austrian Silver Philharmonic page gives more information about the coins and allows you to compare current prices.

obverse side of the 2016 issue of the brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Austrian Platinum Philharmonic coin
reverse side of the 2016 issue of the brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Austrian Platinum Philharmonic coin

Austrian Platinum Philharmonics

The Austrian Mint started issuing the Platinum Philharmonic coins in 2016. The Austrian Platinum Philharmonics are sometimes also referred to as Vienna Platinum Philharmonics since their name and design was chosen as a tribute to the world-famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The new coins out of 99.95% pure platinum are identical in design to the gold and silver versions of the Philharmonic coins. Their obverse shows an arrangement of classical music instruments and the Great Organ that is located in the Viennese Concert Hall appears on the reverse. Only 1 oz coins are minted for now with a brilliant uncirculated finish. The coins with a face value of 100 Euros are identical in size (37 mm diameter) to the gold and silver 1 oz coins.

The Austrian Platinum Philharmonic page gives more information about the coins and allows you to compare current prices.

Special Austrian Gold Philharmonic Sets

2016 3x1 oz Austrian Philharmonic Set

3x1 oz Philharmonic Set 2016

total gold weight: 1 oz

total silver weight: 1 oz

total platinum weight: 1 oz

The set consists of all three 1 oz Austrian Philharmonic coins. Whereas the 1 oz gold (since 1989) and silver coins (since 2008) already exist for years, the platinum coin is minted for the first time in 2016.

27x1 oz Austrian Gold Philharmonic Set (1989-2015)

27x1 oz Gold Philharmonic Set (1989-2015)

total gold weight: 27 oz

This set includes a total of 27 brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Austrian Gold Philharmonic coins from every year of mintage between 1989 and 2015. The coins are stored in air-tight capsules in a beautiful wooden box. The coins until 2001 are denominated in Austrian Schillings, the newer coins in Euros.

2 Coin Gold Philharmonic Proof Set 2014

2 Coin Gold Philharmonic Proof Set 2014

total gold weight: 1.25 oz

This set commemorates the 25th anniversary of the popular Austrian Gold Philharmonic coins. It includes the proof 1 oz and 1/4 oz Gold Philharmonic coin from 2014. The sets include a certificate of authenticity and are contained in a wooden collector box. Only 5000 such sets will ever be issued.