Platinum Twenty-fifth Ounce (1/25 oz), Coin Type from Austria - detailed information

Platinum Twenty-fifth Ounce (1/25 oz), Coin Type from Austria (issued 2017 - )
Coin TypePlatinum Twenty-fifth Ounce (1/25 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. In later years, more sizes and metals were added, including the one twenty-fifth of an ounce platinum coin denominated as 4 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 / Platinum Twenty-fifth Ounce (1/25 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 1/25 UNZE PLATIN 999.5 (one twenty-fifth of a troy ounce of 99.95% platinum), below which the date of issue [year].

Around below, the nominal face value 4 EURO.

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1/25 UNZE PLATIN 999.5 [year] 4 EURO
Reverse
Austria / Platinum Twenty-fifth Ounce (1/25 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).

Below that in smaller letters, PLATIN (platinum).

Reverse Inscription WIENER PHILHARMONIKER PLATIN
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Platinum Twenty-fifth Ounce (1/25 oz): Details
CountryAustria
CurrencyEuro, Austria
From2017
Face Value4 (x Euro, Austria)
CurrentYes
Material0.9995 Platinum
DesignerThomas Pesendorfer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size13.000 mm
Mass1.240 g