Gold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz), Coin Type from Austria - detailed information

Gold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz), Coin Type from Austria (issued 2002 - )
Coin TypeGold Quarter Ounce (1/4 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 quarter-ounce gold coin was changed to 25 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 Quarter Ounce (1/4 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 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 (one quarter of a troy ounce of 99.99% gold), below which the date of issue [year].

Around below, the nominal face value 25 EURO.

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 [year] 25 EURO
Reverse
Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce (1/4 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 quarter-ounce coins in the Vienna Philharmonic series were denominated as 500 Schillings.

For other coins and bullion products of the same size, see also:
- Australia gold quarter ounce
- South Africa gold quarter ounce (including the 1/4oz gold Krugerrand)
- United Kingdom gold quarter ounce

Coin Type: Gold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz) - (21) Coins
Coin NameMintageLegend
Gold Quarter Ounce 2002 Vienna Philharmonic 40,807 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2002 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2003 Vienna Philharmonic 34,019 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2003 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2004 Vienna Philharmonic 32,449 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2004 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2005 Vienna Philharmonic 32,817 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2005 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2006 Vienna Philharmonic 29,609 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2006 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2007 Vienna Philharmonic 34,631 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2007 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2008 Vienna Philharmonic 97,090 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2008 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2009 Vienna Philharmonic 171,992 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2009 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2010 Vienna Philharmonic 84,968 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2010 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2011 Vienna Philharmonic 102,026 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2011 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2012 Vienna Philharmonic 64,314 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2012 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2013 Vienna Philharmonic 77,219 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2013 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2014 Vienna Philharmonic 73,440 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2014 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2015 Vienna Philharmonic 112,228 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2015 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Vienna Philharmonic 91,809 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2016 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Vienna Philharmonic 65,068 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2017 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Vienna Philharmonic 46,089 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2018 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Vienna Philharmonic 56,199 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2019 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Vienna Philharmonic 155,908 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2020 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Vienna Philharmonic unknown REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2021 25 EURO
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Vienna Philharmonic unknown REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 2022 25 EURO
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Gold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz): Details
CountryAustria
CurrencyEuro, Austria
From2002
Face Value25 (x Euro, Austria)
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerThomas Pesendorfer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size22.000 mm
Thickness1.200 mm
Mass7.776 g