A historic Coin that Amagi is proud to sell, the Gold Vienna Philharmonic Coins were introduced in 1989 with a face value of 2,000 Austrian schillings, are minted in .9999 Gold, and measure 37mm across. After adoption of the euro in 2002, 1 oz Gold Philharmonic Coins now have a legal tender value of 100 euros. Austria was one of the first twelve countries in the Eurozone to introduce the euro, on 1 January 2002. Since then, the Austrian Mint has been minting both normal issues of Austrian euro coins (which are intended for circulation) and commemorative euro coins in gold and silver.
Austria, or officially the Republic of Austria is a European country that can trace it’s settlements and civilizations back to the stone age. Being the center of conflict for much of the early 20th century Austria played big parts in both World War one and World War two. A parliamentary representative democracy comprising nine federal states, Austria has been a member of the united nations since 1955 and of the European union since 1995. It’s Capital and Largest city Vienna consists of over 1.7 million people and is the second largest German speaking city in the world (First being Berlin).
The artwork on these coins is that of Thomas Pesendorfer, an award winning designer. Each Gold Vienna Philharmonic coin features imagery of the cultural pride of Austria, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The Orchestra founded in 1842 is one of the most readily praised Orchestras in the world. So prestigious it can take a minimum of three years to prove for potential members to prove themselves and get omitted. The obverse side of the coin is stamped with the name of the orchestra and features a montage of instruments, including a string bass, cellos, violins, a bassoon, harp and Viennese horn, representing Austria's rich musical and cultural heritage. The reverse side of the coin features the image of the "Great Organ" found in the "Golden Hall", the concert hall where the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs. Of interest, the Golden Hall was not built to the accepted acoustic standards known today and is long, narrow and tall. It measures approximately forty-eight meters long, nineteen meters wide, and eighteen meters high but still seats over 1,700 people with room for another 300 standing individuals. The country of issue, the gold weight in ounces, and the 100 euro legal tender value are also stamped on the reverse side of the coin.
Austrian Philharmonic Coins are produced by the Austrian Mint in Vienna, Austria, which has been producing innovative coinage and currency for over 800 years, making it one of the oldest continuously-producing minting institutions in the world. The Austrian Mint is world famous and rich with history. In fact, the Mint traces its roots back to the year 1194 when the Austrian empire kidnapped England’s King Richard the Lionhearted on his way back from the crusades. As ransom an enormous collection of silver was sent. That silver was then used to open the Austrian Mint and create coins for the Austrian empire. More recently, In October 2004, under the direction of Master of the Mint Dietmar Spranz, the Austrian Mint issued a massive 1,000 troy ounce Vienna Philharmonic Gold Coin affectionately known as the "Big Phil" to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Gold Philharmonic. The Mint produced only 15 of these mega-coins, each weighing in at slightly more than 68 pounds of pure .9999 fine gold and carrying a face value of 100,000 euro, the highest face value second only to the e Royal Canadian Mint's 100 kg version of the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf with a face value of CA$1,000,000. In 2009 to celebrate the 20 anniversary, the mint produced 6,037 20 troy ounce versions of the coin. Also to celebrate the most recent 25th anniversary 1/25 ounce gold coins were minted.
The world renown Austrian Mint has a long history with precious metals and a commitment to quality and precision. Proudly carried by Amagi, these coins are perfect for music aficionados, history buffs, or anyone stacking metal. Be it a thoughtful gift for a loved one or just another coin in your collection, pick yours up today through our secure ordering system.
|Mint / Brand||Austrian Mint|
|Composition||.9999 Fine Gold|
|Measurement||37 mm diameter - 2 mm thickness|
|Item Weight||1 troy ounce (31.1 grams)|
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