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Quarter Ounce Gold Mixed-Date Austrian Vienna Philharmonic Bullion Coins (Best Value)

Austria 24 Carat Gold 1/4oz Vienna Philharmonic Philharmoniker Reverse

Buy a Quarter Ounce Gold Mixed-Date Austrian Vienna Philharmonic Bullion Coins (Best Value)

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24-carat gold bullion 1/4 ounce Philharmoics from the Austrian Mint at our best value price. These fractional coins were introduced in 1989: the same year as their larger 1oz counterparts and feature the same designs. The obverse shows the pipe organ of the Vienna Musikverein concert hall: the home of the Vienna Philharmonic after which these coins are named. The words 'REPUBLIC ÖSTERREICH' (Republic of Austria) above. On coins minted before 2002 the denomination will be listed below as '500 SCHILLING'. Philharmonic issued after Austria adopted the Euro are denominated as €25. The reverse shows an assemblage of musical instruments with the legend 'WIENER PHILHARMONIKER' (Vienna Philharmonic) above. Quarter ounce Vienna Philharmonics are composed of 7.77 grams of 99.99% gold. They have an actual gold content of exactly 0.25 troy ounces. Each coin measures 22.00 millimetres in diameter, making them comparable in size to British Sovereigns. Given their precious metal content these coins are VAT free in the UK and the EU. The image on this page is a stock photo. You'll receive a coin in comparable condition from our current stock. Dates range from 1989 to the latest issues, depending on supply. You'll find that these coins display some evidence of handling, typical of bullion.
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Best value gold quarter ounce Vienna Philharmonic bullion coins in our choice of date.

Gold 1/4oz Philharmonic Bullion Coin

  • Obverse: The historic pipe organ of the Wiener Musikverein concert hall, which is the home of the Vienna Philharmonic. Designed by Thomas Pesendorfer.
  • Reverse: A selection of instruments: a cello is placed in the middle of four violins in front, with a Vienna horn, bassoon and harp placed at the rear.
  • Specification: Pre-owned bullion coin, struck in 7.78 grams of .9999 fine gold. Diameter: 22.00 millimetres. Face value: öS 500 / Five Hundred Schillings (1989-2001), €25 / Twenty-Five Euros (2002 onwards).
  • Presentation: Offered loose from our surplus stock. Coins might have slight scratches or edge knocks, which won’t affect their bullion value.

Muenze Oesterreich - Austrian Mint

The Vienna-based Austrian Mint can trace its origins to over 800 years ago when Richard the Lionheart allegedly paid a hefty ransom to Duke Leopold V. The English King was returning from the Third Crusade, and the Duke decided to imprison the King in revenge for a pointed insult directed at him earlier. Richard I ended up surrendering 12 tons of silver to pay for his release, and the story goes that the Duke proceeded to strike silver coins from this ransom, beginning the tradition of the Vienna Mint. Unfortunately, no contemporary documents exist detailing these events; it would not be until 1371 that the first recorded instance of the Mint was seen.

Although the Austrian Mint was based in different locations within the country over its history, it would not primarily base its operations in Vienna until the early 18th century. The Vienna Mint was referred to as the [Austrian] Principal Mint and the two terms are interchangeable. On the formation of the Republic of Austria in the aftermath of the First World War in 1918, the Vienna Principal Mint became the sole mint for Austria. By 1989, the Vienna Principal Mint became a public limited company and was renamed formally as The Austrian Mint, (Münze Österreich AG), becoming a subsidiary of the Austrian Central Bank (Oesterreichische Nationalbank)

Today the Austrian Mint is well-known for producing high quality bullion and collectable coins, as well as the production of circulating Euro coinage for Austria and the supply of blanks to countries around the world.

Gold Philharmoniker Bullion Coins

The gold philharmonic is the official gold bullion coin of Austria and was first minted in 1989 by The Austrian Mint (German: Münze Österreich). These gold bullion coins contain exactly a quarter of troy ounce of pure gold, and being minted at the acclaimed Austrian Mint, they are highly sought after. Our choice of date will be issued; coins dated from 1989 to 2001 will have a face value of 500 Austrian Schillings and coins issued from 2002 onwards have a face value of 25 Euros.

The obverse of these coins shows the pipe organ in the Vienna Musikverein concert hall: the home of the Vienna Philharmonic. The legend reads 'REPUBLIC ÖSTERREICH' and lists the weight, date and denomination. The reverse features an array of instruments and the words 'WIENER PHILHARMONIKER' and 'GOLD'.

Gold 1oz and ¼oz Philharmonics were first issued in 1989, becoming immediately popular, with a 1/10oz version following in 1991 and a half ounce introduced in 1994. The latest addition to the gold bullion range, the 1/25oz coin, came out in 2014. Their popularity is not just reserved to gold editions: a 1oz silver Philarmonic was released in 2008 and a 1oz platinum edition followed in 2016. With the introduction of a 1/25oz platinum philharmonic in 2017, there’s now eight different versions of the Philharmoniker bullion coin.

Wiener Philharmoniker

The Vienna Philharmonic (German: Wiener Philharmoniker) Orchestra is a source of national pride in Austria. Founded in 1842, the orchestra is highly regarded as one of the finest in the world. Based at the Musikverein in Vienna, selection is fiercely competitive. Musicians must demonstrate their abilities for three years before they are invited to apply to the orchestra. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs a free annual concert called Summer Night Concert (Sommernachtskonzert) at the Schönbrunn Palace. The orchestra's contribution to Austrian society is the subject of this world famous bullion coin. 

Thomas Pesendorfer Engraver

The reverse and obverse are both designed by Thomas Pesendorfer, chief engraver of The Austrian Mint from 1993 to 2016. Pesendorfer designed the coin early in his career at The Austrian Mint and since his retirement has acted in an advisory capacity, being described by the Mint as an ‘elder statesman’. The coin's obverse presents a portrayal of the Musikverein Golden Hall, also known as the Great Hall. On the coin's reverse are the instruments that form the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; a Vienna horn, a bassoon, a harp and four violins flanking a cello. This bullion coin emanates the Austrian spirit and has been declared the world's best-selling gold coin many times. It is also the only European bullion coin with a face value in Euros, however it only has legal tender status in Austria.

Austrian Mint Bullion

The most well-known coin type produced by the Austrian Mint today is the Vienna Philharmoniker, however it’s not the only bullion coin produced by this famous European Mint. The Philharmonic is the modern edition issued annually since 1989, but the Austrian Mint has a rich tradition dating back to the 17th century of restriking gold and silver coinage from old coin dies, for example Maria Theresa Thalers, Ducats, Coronas (Crowns) and Guilders.  

These restrike coins were initially produced erratically, but with the advent of precious metal investing and coin collecting the posthumous coins have been produced regularly by the Austrian Mint. Similar to the British Sovereign, they represent an opportunity to possess a memento of an era where gold and silver coins were used as circulating currency. All restrike coins have a common date, for example all restrike silver Thalers are dated 1780 and restrike Ducats are all dated 1915. 

Investing In Gold Philharmonikers

We're offering these gold 1/4oz Philharmonikers in our choice of date, from 1989 to present, depending on our current stock. You may receive coins marked '25 EURO' or '500 SCHILLINGS' - they both offer the same investment benefits, including:

  • 99.99% Pure Gold: These coins contain .25 troy ounces of pure gold, comparable to British 'full' Sovereigns
  • VAT Free: As investment gold, Philharmonics are not subject to Value Added Tax in the UK and the EU 
  • Global Reputation: These Austrian coins are sought after by stackers, attracting a healthy premium over the spot price
  • Great Designs: The orchestral motifs to obverse and reverse are beautiful and instantly recognisable
  • Modest Size: Fractional Philharmonikers are available at a lower price than their 1oz counterparts and allow you to liquidate small portions of your collection

Our quarter ounce Philharmonics are intended for investors so you may not minor abrasions, dings and wear, typical of bullion coins. Each piece is carefully authenticated by our expert staff.

Best Price Philharmonics

Are you looking to sell your quarter ounce Philharmonikers? We buy these fractional gold coins along with a wide range of other bullion coins and bars from around the world for market-leading prices. Visit our Sell Your Coins page to get a custom quote.


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