The Vienna Philharmonic coin first appeared in the marketplace on 10 October 1989. It was that year the Austrian law changed to permit the issue of gold coins for investment purposes. So naturally the idea came about to release a coin that symbolised Austria.
The Vienna Philharmonic is one of the world’s most famous orchestras and is known to have produced some of the world’s finest composers, thus cementing itself as a national treasure. It was for this reason the orchestra was chosen and the Vienna Philharmonic gold coin was minted.
Designed by Thomas Pesendorfer, the Austrian Mints‘ head engraver, the reverse of the coin depicts a collection of musical instruments from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – a Vienna horn, a basson, a cello , a viola and violin. The obverse features the great organ of the Musikverein concert hall in Vienna. This award-winning motif has remained the same since the very first edition, with only the year of issue changing.
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