The Austrian Mint first began producing the Vienna Philharmonic in 1989. This coin was the best selling gold bullion coin in the world in 1992, 1995, and 1996 according to the World Gold Council.
Design of the Austrian Gold Philharmonic - The obverse (front) depicts a collection of orchestral instruments: a cello, four violins, a Vienna horn, bassoon, and harp. These instruments are arranged beneath the German name of the orchestra: 'WIENER PHILHARMONIKER'. The reverse (back) features the great organ in the Vienna's Golden Concert Hall (Musikverein,) which houses the Philharmonic Orchestra. Beneath the organ are the weight, fineness, date of issue, and face value in Euros. Above the organ is the official name of the country, 'REPUBLIK OSTERREICH'.
Austrian Gold Philharmonic Coin Minting Information - Minted in 1-oz., 1/2-oz., 1/4-oz., and 1/10-oz. sizes, all Vienna Philharmonics are minted from 99.99 percent pure gold. No alloyed metals are added. All coins are minted at the Austrian Mint AG, now a subsidiary of the Austrian National Bank.
Austrian Government Guarantee - The Austrian Mint guarantees the Philharmonic's weight and purity and backs its monetary face value, which was the highest of any gold bullion coin when it was denominated in Schilling, prior to the creation and acceptance of the Euro.