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

Gold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz) Pre-Euro, Coin Type from Austria (issued 1989 - 2001)
Coin TypeGold Quarter Ounce (1/4 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 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. 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.

Obverse
Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce (1/4 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 1/4 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 500 SCHILLING.

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/4 UNZE GOLD 999.9 [year] 500 SCHILLING
Reverse
Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce (1/4 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).

Reverse Inscription WIENER PHILHARMONIKER
EdgeMilled interruptedEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The gold quarter ounce Vienna Philharmonic series continues with a denomination of 25 Euros.

Coin Type: Gold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz) Pre-Euro - (13) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Gold Quarter Ounce 1989 Vienna Philharmonic Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1989 Vienna Philharmonic - reverse photo Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1989 Vienna Philharmonic - obverse photo Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 272,000
Gold Quarter Ounce 1990 Vienna Philharmonic Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1990 Vienna Philharmonic - reverse photo Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 162,000
Gold Quarter Ounce 1991 Vienna Philharmonic Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1991 Vienna Philharmonic - reverse photo Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1991 Vienna Philharmonic - obverse photo Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 146,000
Gold Quarter Ounce 1992 Vienna Philharmonic Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1992 Vienna Philharmonic - reverse photo Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1992 Vienna Philharmonic - obverse photo Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 176,000
Gold Quarter Ounce 1993 Vienna Philharmonic Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1993 Vienna Philharmonic - reverse photo Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1993 Vienna Philharmonic - obverse photo Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 126,000
Gold Quarter Ounce 1994 Vienna Philharmonic Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1994 Vienna Philharmonic - reverse photo Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 121,200
Gold Quarter Ounce 1995 Vienna Philharmonic Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1995 Vienna Philharmonic - reverse photo Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1995 Vienna Philharmonic - obverse photo Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 156,000
Gold Quarter Ounce 1996 Vienna Philharmonic Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1996 Vienna Philharmonic - reverse photo Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1996 Vienna Philharmonic - obverse photo Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 139,200
Gold Quarter Ounce 1997 Vienna Philharmonic Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1997 Vienna Philharmonic - reverse photo Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1997 Vienna Philharmonic - obverse photo Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 100,700
Gold Quarter Ounce 1998 Vienna Philharmonic Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1998 Vienna Philharmonic - reverse photo Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1998 Vienna Philharmonic - obverse photo Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 90,800
Gold Quarter Ounce 1999 Vienna Philharmonic Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1999 Vienna Philharmonic - reverse photo Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 1999 Vienna Philharmonic - obverse photo Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 81,600
Gold Quarter Ounce 2000 Vienna Philharmonic Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 2000 Vienna Philharmonic - reverse photo Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 2000 Vienna Philharmonic - obverse photo Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 25,900
Gold Quarter Ounce 2001 Vienna Philharmonic Austria / Gold Quarter Ounce 2001 Vienna Philharmonic - reverse photo Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Austrian Mint
Mintage: 25,800
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Gold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz) Pre-Euro: Details
CountryAustria
CurrencyAustrian Schilling
From1989
To2001
Face Value500 (x Schilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2002)
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerThomas Pesendorfer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size22.0000 mm
Thickness1.2000 mm
Mass7.7760 g