Gold One Thousand Ounces 2009 Vienna Philharmonic, Coin from Austria - detailed information

Gold One Thousand Ounces 2009 Vienna Philharmonic, Coin from Austria
CoinGold One Thousand Ounces 2009 Vienna Philharmonic

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. On the occasion of anniversaries of the series, the Mint also issued some coins in one-off other sizes, such as this one.

The design on the coin remains the same each year; only the year of issue changes. Both the obverse and reverse were designed by Thomas Pesendorfer, who was the chief engraver of the Austrian Mint between 1993 and 2016.

In 2004, the Austrian Mint celebrated the 15th Anniversary of the Austrian Gold Philharmonic coin series with an enormous 1,000 oz (one thousand ounces) gold coin known as Big Phil.

The "Big Phil" coin consists of 31.103 kilograms of gold. Dimensions were increased by tenfold over the one ounce coin yielding a diameter of 37 centimetres and 2 centimetres thickness (10 times thicker; 10 times wider; 1,000 times heavier than the standard 1-ounce coin). It was one of the largest coins with the highest denomination until it was eclipsed in 2007 by the Royal Canadian Mint's 100 kilograms version of the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf. In keeping with the 15th anniversary theme, only fifteen 100,000-euro Philharmonics were produced. The coin was unveiled in front of the Wiener Riesenrad in Vienna. One of the coins is displayed in the foyer of the Munich headquarters of precious metals company Pro Aurum.

MintAustrian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage15
Obverse
Austria / Gold One Thousand Ounces 2009 Vienna Philharmonic - 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 100 UNZEN GOLD 999.9 (one hundred troy ounces of 99.99% gold), below which the date of issue 2004.

Around below, the nominal face value 100 000 EURO.

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 100 UNZEN GOLD 999.9 2004 100 000 EURO
Reverse
Austria / Gold One Thousand Ounces 2009 Vienna Philharmonic - 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
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Gold One Thousand Ounces 2009 Vienna Philharmonic: Details
CountryAustria
CurrencyEuro, Austria
Coin TypeGold Other Sizes
Issued2004
Face Value100000 (x Euro, Austria)
Total Mintage15
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerThomas Pesendorfer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size370.000 mm
Thickness20.000 mm
Mass31,103.000 g
OCC IDRWKZ-OJNC-QXNL-OXGL
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Gold One Thousand Ounces 2009 Vienna Philharmonic: Catalogue Reference IDs
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Schön, WeltmünzkatalogAustria Schön# 313
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustria KM# 3123