Gold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz) Pre-Euro, Coin Type from Austria - detailed information

Gold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz) Pre-Euro, Coin Type from Austria (issued 1991 - 2001)
Coin TypeGold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 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 in 1991 a gold tenth-ounce denominated as 200 Schillings.

In 2002, with the adoption of the euro currency, the nominal value of the tenth-ounce gold coin was changed to 10 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 Tenth-Ounce (1/10 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 1/10 UNZE GOLD 999.9 (one tenth of a troy ounce of 99.99% gold), below which the date of issue [year].

Around below, the nominal face value 200 SCHILLING.

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/10 UNZE GOLD 999.9 [year] 200 SCHILLING
Reverse
Austria / Gold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 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 tenth-ounce Vienna Philharmonic series continues with a denomination of 10 Euros.

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Gold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz) Pre-Euro: Details
CountryAustria
CurrencyAustrian Schilling
From1991
To2001
Face Value200 (x Schilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2002)
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerThomas Pesendorfer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size16.000 mm
Thickness1.200 mm
Mass3.121 g