The Austrian Philharmonic Coin series is one of the oldest in Europe. Introduced in 1989 with gold bullion coins, the series expanded in the 21st century to include silver and platinum coins as well. In fact, the 2016 debut of the Austrian Philharmonic Platinum Coin came during a wave of new platinum coin debuts as the metal regained popularity wit investors that it had previously lost in the late 1990s. Austrian Philharmonic Platinum Coins are a reliable investment for anyone looking to expand to platinum.
The Austrian Philharmonic Platinum Coins share the same obverse and reverse designs found on its gold and silver counterparts. Designed in 1989 by Thomas Pesendorfer, these designs have remained the same since the program started.
The obverse side of the Austrian Philharmonic coin displays the design of the Musikverein pipe organ, also known as the Golden Music Hall. This renowned concert venue serves as the home theater for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and is situated in Vienna’s Innere Stadt borough, the capital of Austria. The engravings on this face of the coin include German inscriptions such as “Republik Österreich” and “1 Unze Platin 999.5,” along with the coin’s face value.
On the reverse of the Austrian Philharmonic Coin, you’ll find the design created by Pesendorfer in 1989 for the gold coins. This side features a collection of musical instruments used by members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, with a prominent cello in the center. Flanking the cello are two violins on each side, making a total of four, while a Vienna horn, bassoon, and harp grace the background. Engravings on this side are also in the German language and read “Wiener Philharmoniker.”
The Austrian Mint introduced the Philharmonic coin design in 1989, designed by Thomas Pesendorfer, the Chief Engraver of the Austrian Mint. These coins feature symbols representing Austria’s cultural pride in the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The Gold Philharmonics were initially released in 1989, including a 1 oz gold coin and a ¼ oz option, with face values of 2,000 Austrian Shillings and 500 Austrian Shillings, respectively.
In 1991, the Austrian Mint added a 1/10 oz coin with a 200 Austrian Shilling face value. In 1994, the series expanded to include a ½ oz coin with a face value of 1,000 Austrian Shillings. The most recent addition was the 1/25 oz coin with a €4 (Euro) face value. Since 2002, all Gold Philharmonics are denominated in Euros. These gold coins have a pure gold content of .9999.
In 2008, the Austrian Mint introduced the Austrian Silver Philharmonic, with a face value of €1.50 (Euro) and containing 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver. Between 2008 and 2012, the Austrian Mint sold 1,800 tons of silver in the Austrian Silver Philharmonic collection, making it the most popular silver bullion coin in Europe.
The Austrian Platinum Philharmonic coins were launched in 2016, featuring the same Pesendorfer designs used on the Gold and Silver Philharmonic Coins. These platinum coins have a face value of €100 (Euro) and contain 1 Troy oz of .9995 pure platinum, and they have gained popularity among investors.
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