To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Vienna Philharmonic
bullion program, the Austrian Mint is thinking small.
A new, 25th-ounce gold coin (weighing 1.24 grams), is joining the
successful program, which already includes tenth-, quarter-, half- and
1-ounce sizes in gold, and a 1-ounce silver coin among regular issues.
(Giant sizes were issued for special occasions.)
The 25th-ounce gold coin will be sold as bullion with a markup
that is standard for the bullion market, said Kirsten Peterson,
director of international markets for the Austrian Mint. As is
standard practice, the amount of the markup will not be publicly disclosed.
The new coin, now the smallest gold Philharmonic, is denominated 4
euro and measures 13 millimeters in diameter. Like all other gold
Philharmonics, the coins will be composed of .9999 fine gold.
The new coin, after its debut in January 2014, is intended to be a
regular part of the program going forward.
In addition, the Austrian Mint will issue a two-coin Proof set,
the first time Philharmonic coins have been offered in Proof.
The set will feature a quarter-ounce coin and 1-ounce coin. The
two coins are the first two sizes issued in the program when it began
in 1989. (The other two sizes were added later, and the silver coin
launched in 2008.)
The quarter-ounce gold coin is denominated 25 euro, measures 22
millimeters in diameter and weighs 7.78 grams.
The 1-ounce 100 euro coin weighs 31.1 grams and measures 37
millimeters in diameter.
The mintage of the two Proof coins is limited to the pieces in the
sets. The sets have a maximum edition of 5,000, each set housed in a
wooden case with a certificate of authenticity. Sets will be offered
at a fixed price to be determined before the Jan. 15 release.
In 25 years, Austria’s famous Vienna Philharmonic gold coin has
been named the world’s bestselling investment coin four times by the
World Gold Council.
The design is now classic, and reflects Austria’s rich musical
ties, specifically Vienna’s.
The obverse design depicts the pipe organ in the Golden Hall in
Vienna’s concert hall, the Musikverein. This is the home of the Vienna
Philharmonic Orchestra. The legend REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH, meaning
Republic of Austria, and the denomination, weight, fineness and year
of issue also appear on the obverse.
The reverse of each Vienna Philharmonic coin depicts a bassoon,
cello, harp, violas, violins and a Viennese horn with the legend
WEINER PHILHARMONIKER about the rim.
Austrian Mint Chief Engraver Thomas Pesendorfer created the famous design.
The Austrian Mint, as with other government mints, does not sell
bullion coins directly into the marketplace, instead working with
distributors to create a tiered system supported by buying and selling.
Collector coins — like the Proof set — are distributed by Downies.
Telephone Downies toll free at 877-897-7696 or order at