Austrian Gold Philharmonic Bullion Coins


The Austrian Mint started with the production of the Austrian Gold Philharmonic coins in 1989. The coins' name and design is a tribute to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Wiener Philharmoniker). Therefore, the coins are listed as Vienna Gold Philharmonic coins on some websites. The popular coins exist with brilliant uncirculated and proof finishes and are made of 99.99% gold (24 karat). They were the world's best-selling gold coins in 1992, 1995, 1996 and 2000. Up to 2012, more than 14 million Austrian Gold Philharmonics have been sold, weighing approximately 329 tons of gold.

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.

obverse side of the Austrian Gold Philharmonic coin
1 oz Austrian Gold Philharmonic (obverse).

Gold Purity: 99.99%

Weight Face Value Diameter x Thickness
1.000 oz 100.000 Euro 37 x 2 cm
20 oz 2.000 Euro 74 x 8.3 mm
1 oz 100 Euro 37 x 2 mm
1/2 oz 50 Euro 28 x 1.6 mm
1/4 oz 25 Euro 22 x 1.2 mm
1/10 oz 10 Euro 16 x 1.2 mm
1/25 oz 4 Euro 13 x 0.92 mm

reverse side of the Austrian Gold Philharmonic coin
1 oz Austrian Gold Philharmonic (reverse).

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.

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.

Click here to see a table with detailed mintage numbers.

Special Editions

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.

obverse side of the Austrian Silver Philharmonic coin
reverse side of the Austrian Silver Philharmonic coin

Silver Philharmonic

1,000 oz Big Phil
the amazing 1.000 troy ounce Big Phil gold coin.
obverse side of the Austrian Platinum Philharmonic coin
reverse side of the Austrian Platinum Philharmonic coin

Platinum Philharmonic

Austrian Silver Philharmonic Coins

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 coin. Austrian Silver Philharmonic coins have the same design as the gold coins but their edge is smooth. More than 5 million silver coins were sold between 2008 and 2012.

Austrian Platinum Philharmonic Coins

The platinum version of the popular Philharmonic coins will see its inaugural issue in 2016. These new coins, identical in design to the gold and silver versions, will only be available in the 1 oz denomination out of 99.95% pure platinum. The 1 oz Austrian Platinum Philharmonic Coins with a face value of 100 Euros will be of the same size (37 mm diameter) as the gold and silver 1 oz coins.

Special Sets

3x1 oz Philharmonic Set 2016
2016 3x1 oz Austrian Philharmonic Set

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

gold vs. silver

Where to buy?

1 oz Gold Philharmonic
obverse side of the 1 oz Austrian Gold Philharmonic coin
available Dealers:

Money Metals Exchange

Buy Random Year coin
for about $ 1,309.25

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Buy 2016 coin
for about $ 1,300.36
1 oz Silver Philharmonic
obverse side of the 1 oz Austrian Silver Philharmonic coin
available Dealers:

Money Metals Exchange

Buy Random Year coin
for about $ 20.16

BGASC

Buy 2016 coin
for about $ 19.57
20 oz Silver Philharmonic roll
Roll of 20 Austrian Silver Philharmonic coins of 1 oz each
available Dealers:

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Buy 2016 coins
for about $ 391.60
500 oz Silver Philharmonic box
Monster Box with 500 Austrian Silver Philharmonic coins of 1 oz each
available Dealers:

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Buy 2016 coins
for about $ 9,580.00