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

Gold Ounce (1 oz), Coin Type from Austria (issued 2002 - )
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 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 with a face value of 2,000 and 500 Austrian schillings respectively. In later years, more sizes and metals were added. It is generally one of the world's best selling bullion coins.

In 2002, with the adoption of the euro currency, the nominal value of the one-ounce gold coin was changed to 100 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 Ounce (1 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 UNZE GOLD 999.9 (one troy ounce of 99.99% gold), below which the date of issue [year].

Around below, the nominal face value 100 EURO.

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 [year] 100 EURO
Reverse
Austria / Gold Ounce (1 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 ounce coins in the Vienna Philharmonic series were denominated as 2,000 Schillings.

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

Coin Type: Gold Ounce (1 oz) - (21) Coins
Coin NameMintageLegend
Gold Ounce 2002 Vienna Philharmonic 164,105 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2002 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2003 Vienna Philharmonic 179,881 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2003 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2004 Vienna Philharmonic 176,319 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2004 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2005 Vienna Philharmonic 158,564 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2005 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2006 Vienna Philharmonic 82,174 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2006 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2007 Vienna Philharmonic 108,675 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2007 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2008 Vienna Philharmonic 715,842 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2008 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2009 Vienna Philharmonic 903,047 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2009 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2010 Vienna Philharmonic 501,951 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2010 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2011 Vienna Philharmonic 586,686 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2011 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2012 Vienna Philharmonic 341,411 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2012 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2013 Vienna Philharmonic 579,223 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2013 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2014 Vienna Philharmonic 423,919 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2014 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2015 Vienna Philharmonic 647,100 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2015 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2016 Vienna Philharmonic 451,007 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2016 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2017 Vienna Philharmonic 355,436 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2017 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2018 Vienna Philharmonic 318,334 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2018 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2019 Vienna Philharmonic 164,312 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2019 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2020 Vienna Philharmonic 706,626 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2020 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2021 Vienna Philharmonic unknown REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2021 100 EURO
Gold Ounce 2022 Vienna Philharmonic unknown REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2022 100 EURO
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Gold Ounce (1 oz): Details
CountryAustria
CurrencyEuro, Austria
From2002
Face Value100 (x Euro, Austria)
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerThomas Pesendorfer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size37.000 mm
Thickness2.000 mm
Mass31.103 g