Wiener Philharmonic (PCGS graded)
First minted in 1989, the Vienna Philharmonic (often shortened to Philharmonic) is a bullion coin made of fine gold or silver. Produced by the Austrian Mint, it is named after the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra (Wiener Philharmoniker), and which inspires the design of both sides of the coins.
The 1oz gold coin was first introduced in 1989 with a face value of 2,000 Austrian Schillings – it is one of the world’s best-selling 1oz gold coins. In 2002, with the adoption of the euro currency, the nominal value of the 1oz coin was changed to €100.
In 2008, the Austrian Mint introduced a 1oz silver version of the coin with a nominal value of €1.50. The silver coin is also one of the top selling bullion coins, being ranked third in 2013.
Like any bullion coin, the value is based primarily on the metal content and the spot price of that metal on the commodities markets. The gold Philharmonic has a fineness of 999.9 (24-carat, fine gold or pure gold).
The coins are minted according to demand, so production varies from year to year. The design on the coin remains the same each year. The obverse of the coin depicts the pipe organ in the Vienna Musikverein’s Golden Hall. The reverse of the coin shows instruments of the Vienna Philharmonic, including the Vienna horn, bassoon, harp, and four violins centered on a cello. Both designs were produced by the chief engraver of the Austrian Mint, Thomas Pesendorfer.
The size and color reproduction of the coins shown do not correspond to the actual coins.