Austria 24 Carat Gold 1oz Vienna Philharmonic Philharmoniker
The official gold bullion coin of Austria, the one ounce gold philharmonic was first minted in 1989 by The Austrian Mint. The reverse and obverse are both designed by Thomas Pesendorfer, chief engraver of The Austrian Mint. The coin's obverse presents a portrayal by Pesendorfer 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 but only has legal tender status in Austria.
The Vienna Philharmonic or 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, Summer Night Concert (Sommernachtskonzert) at the Schönbrunn Palace. The orchestra's contribution to Austrian society is the subject of this world famous bullion coin.
The Austrian Mint was founded over 800 years ago by Duke Leopold and was originally known as the Vienna Mint. Since the early 19th century the Mint has produced its coinage in its Vienna home. On forming the Republic of Austria in 1918, the Vienna Principal Mint became the sole mint for Austria and has remained so ever since.
These gold bullion coins contain a Troy ounce of gold, and being minted at the acclaimed Austrian Mint, they are highly sought after.
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