Gold Half Ounce (1/2 oz), Coin Type from Austria - detailed information

Gold Half Ounce (1/2 oz), Coin Type from Austria (issued 2002 - )
Coin TypeGold Half Ounce (1/2 oz)

The Vienna Philharmonic (German: Wiener Philharmoniker), often shortened to just Philharmonic or called the Austrian Philharmonic, is a bullion coin of gold, silver, or platinum produced by the Austrian Mint (Münze Österreich). The coin is named for the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra, which inspired the design of both sides. It was introduced in 1989 as a one ounce and a quarter ounce gold coin, to which In later years more sizes and metals were added - including a gold half ounce initially denominated as 1,000 schillings.

In 2002, with the adoption of the euro currency, the nominal value of the half ounce gold coin was changed to 50 Euros. Because they are not in the standard circulating denominations (from 1 Euro Cent to €2), the coins are legal tender in Austria only and not in the whole Eurozone. Like any bullion coin though, their actual value is based primarily on the metal content and the spot price of that metal on the commodities markets.

The design on the coin remains the same each year; only the year of issue changes. The obverse of the coin depicts the pipe organ in the Vienna Musikverein's Golden Hall. The reverse shows instruments of the Vienna Philharmonic, including Vienna horn, bassoon, harp, and four violins centred on a cello. Both designs were produced by Thomas Pesendorfer, who was the chief engraver of the Austrian Mint between 1993 and 2016.

Obverse
Austria / Gold Half Ounce (1/2 oz) - obverse photo

The obverse design of the coin features the pipe organ from Goldener Saal (the Golden Hall) in the Musikverein, the concert hall in Vienna where the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra plays.

Around above, the legend REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH (translated from German: Republic of Austria).

In the exergue, the precious metal content 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 (one half of a troy ounce of 99.99% gold), below which the date of issue [year].

Around below, the nominal face value 50 EURO.

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 [year] 50 EURO
Reverse
Austria / Gold Half Ounce (1/2 oz) - reverse photo

The reverse design features an array of musical instruments typical for the orchestra: four violins either side of a cello in the foreground, and the Viennese horn, the bassoon and the harp behind.

Around above, the inscription WIENER PHILHARMONIKER (Vienna Philharmonic).

Reverse Inscription WIENER PHILHARMONIKER
EdgeMilled interruptedEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Earlier gold half-ounce coins in the Vienna Philharmonic series were denominated as 1,000 Schillings.

For other coins and bullion products of the same size, see also:
- Australia gold half ounce (legal tender) and gold half ounce private bullion
- South Africa gold half ounce (including the 1/2oz gold Krugerrand)
- United Kingdom gold half ounce (legal tender) and gold half ounce private bullion

Coin Type: Gold Half Ounce (1/2 oz) - (21) Coins
Coin NameMintageLegend
Gold Half Ounce 2002 Vienna Philharmonic 40,922 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2002 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2003 Vienna Philharmonic 26,848 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2003 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2004 Vienna Philharmonic 24,269 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2004 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2005 Vienna Philharmonic 21,049 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2005 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2006 Vienna Philharmonic 20,085 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2006 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2007 Vienna Philharmonic 25,091 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2007 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2008 Vienna Philharmonic 73,778 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2008 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2009 Vienna Philharmonic 92,249 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2009 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2010 Vienna Philharmonic 56,607 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2010 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2011 Vienna Philharmonic 73,488 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2011 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2012 Vienna Philharmonic 49,483 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2012 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2013 Vienna Philharmonic 69,573 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2013 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2014 Vienna Philharmonic 57,816 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2014 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2015 Vienna Philharmonic 101,500 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2015 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2016 Vienna Philharmonic 78,460 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2016 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2017 Vienna Philharmonic 52,281 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2017 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2018 Vienna Philharmonic 44,750 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2018 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2019 Vienna Philharmonic 40,890 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2019 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2020 Vienna Philharmonic 112,430 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2020 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2021 Vienna Philharmonic unknown REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2021 50 EURO
Gold Half Ounce 2022 Vienna Philharmonic unknown REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2022 50 EURO
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Gold Half Ounce (1/2 oz): Details
CountryAustria
CurrencyEuro, Austria
From2002
Face Value50 (x Euro, Austria)
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerThomas Pesendorfer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.000 mm
Thickness1.600 mm
Mass15.552 g