The Vienna Philharmonic, founded in 1842, is one of the world's most famous orchestras. Based at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, the Philharmonic is known to have produced some of the world's finest composers and interpreters. It is precise because of this that it has become a national treasure which is now featured on the Philharmonic Coin released yearly by the Austrian mint in both silver and gold of different sizes.
In 1998, a change in Austrian law permitted the issue of gold coins for investment purposes. It was at this time that the idea came about to release a coin that symbolized Austria. Despite different coin ideas, it finally came about to design a coin to represent music and what better way to do so than by featuring the Vienna Philharmonic. Designed by Thomas Pesendorfer, the Austrian Mints head engraver, the coin features important aspects of the orchestra on both sides. The coins reverse features eight orchestral instruments; four violins either side of a cello in the foreground and the Viennese horn, the bassoon and the harp behind. The coin's obverse features the Great Organ from the famous concert hall in Vienna.
Composed of 1 troy ounce of pure .9999 24 carat gold, the 1 oz Vienna Philharmonic Gold Coin has a face value of 100 euros. Since these coins first released it has proven to be a popular coin amongst investors and collectors worldwide.
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