The Austrian Gold Philharmonic coin led worldwide gold coin sales in 1992, 1995 and 1996, according to the World Gold Council. The coin was first struck in 1989.
The instruments depicted on the detailed obverse of the coin include a cello, four violins, a Vienna horn, bassoon, and harp. “WIENER PHILHARMONIKER” arches across the top, which is German for the name of the orchestra.
The reverse depicts the great organ found in Vienna’s concert hall, where the famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra plays. Above the organ, arching across the top of the coin is “REPUBLIK OSTERREICH”, the official name of the country. Arched below the hall is the denomination, with the coin’s weight, fineness, and date of issue just below the hall.
The coin was produced in many sizes: one ounce, one-half ounce, one-quarter ounce and one-tenth ounce. Each coin is minted from 99.99 percent pure gold with no alloy metals. Coins are minted at the Austrian Mint AG, which is a subsidiary of the Austrian National Bank. The Austrian Gold Philharmonic coin is guaranteed for its monetary face value, purity and weight by the Austrian Mint.