Austrian Philharmonic Gold Coin
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Austrian Philharmonic Quick Facts
- .9999 fine gold (24 kt)
- First euro-denominated bullion coin
- Minted in four weights
- Mintage: since 1989
The Austrian Philharmonic, the best-selling gold coin in Europe
When first minted in 1989, the Austrian Philharmonic was denominated in schillings, but when the euro was created, it became the first gold bullion coin to be issued in that denomination. Today, the Philharmonic is Europe’s best selling gold bullion coin, and on three occasions — 1992, 1995, and 1996 — it was first in global sales. In 2008, sales of the Austrian Philharmonic outpaced both the Krugerrand and the Gold Eagle.
The great organ of the renowned Vienna Concert Hall graces the obverse of the Philharmonic, and several symphonic musical instruments are pictured on the reverse. Austrian Philharmonics are minted in 1/10-, 1/4-, 1/2-, and 1-ounce weights, with denominations of 10, 25, 50, and 100 euros respectively.
In 2004, fifteen 100,000-euros, 1,000-ounce Philharmonics were struck to mark the coin’s fifteenth year of mintage. The mammoth coins, which are listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest, were computer-sculpted and hand-finished in a 130-hour long process.