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

Gold Half Ounce (1/2 oz) Pre-Euro, Coin Type from Austria (issued 1994 - 2001)
Coin TypeGold Half Ounce (1/2 oz) Pre-Euro

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. In later years, more sizes and metals were added, including a gold half ounce 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. Like any bullion coin though, their actual value is unrelated to the face value, and 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.

Austria / Gold Half Ounce (1/2 oz) Pre-Euro - 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 1000 SCHILLING.

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/2 UNZE GOLD 999.9 [year] 1000 SCHILLING
Austria / Gold Half Ounce (1/2 oz) Pre-Euro - 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).

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The gold half ounce Vienna Philharmonic series continues with a denomination of 50 Euros.

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Gold Half Ounce (1/2 oz) Pre-Euro: Details
CurrencyAustrian Schilling
Face Value1000 (x Schilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2002)
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerThomas Pesendorfer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.0000 mm
Thickness1.6000 mm
Mass15.5520 g