25 years Wiener Philharmoniker - Austria / II. Republic of Austria 2014
Theme: Economy & Industry
|Country||Austria / II. Republic of Austria|
|Chronological Issue Number||Block 83|
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This year, the most famous gold coin in the country celebrates a special birthday: The Vienna Philharmonic in gold turns 25 years old. On this occasion, Austrian Post is issuing a special stamp block on which the front and back of a "Philharmonic" are mapped to one ounce. The Vienna Philharmonic was released on 10 October 1989 and is in demand all over the world. Not only is it the highest-circulation gold coin in Europe, but the Japanese also love the coin they call "Harmony". Named "Austrian Philharmonic" in the USA, the Golden Vienna Philharmonic is also very popular there. So it is not surprising that he has already been voted the top selling gold investment coin in the world four times - the World Gold Council awarded him in this regard in 1992, 1995, 1996 and 2000. Thomas Pesendorfer, chief engraver of the Austrian Mint, is responsible for the elegant design He immortalized selected instruments of the famous and traditional Austrian orchestra and the organ of the Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein, where the New Year's Concert is held annually, on the front and back. While horn, bassoon, harp, violas and violins, a cello as well as the organ all coins since the first edition 1989 adorn as well as the lettering "Republic of Austria", depending upon coinage and size the issue year and the nominal value are supplemented. Theoretically, one could use the coins as a means of payment, but in fact the metal value clearly exceeds the imprinted one, so that the Vienna Philharmonic is used purely as a bullion coin and traded at the price of gold plus stamping premium. Prices fluctuate, they are subject to the development in the financial markets. Particularly valuable among collectors are the coins from 2001, since due to the change from the schilling to the euro at the beginning of 2002, many pieces from the previous year were melted down. The fineness of the Golden Vienna Philharmonic is 999.9 out of 1,000 or 24K, depending on the unit of measure - it means, anyway, that the coin is made of pure gold. For the gold purchase in a small style, as a gift, the Golden Vienna Philharmonic is gladly selected. Since 1989, the "Philharmoniker", as it is commonly known, is available in one-ounce and one-fourth ounce denominations, followed by a tenth ounce, a half ounce and a twenty-five ounce this year. In addition, there is a silver little brother since 2008. The one ounce gold coin has a diameter of 37 millimeters, that of a quarter ounce of 22 millimeters. For the 15th anniversary in 2004, a "Big Phil", a 1,000-ounce coin of 31.103 kilograms of pure gold, was also released, with only 15 being launched. It is recommended to store the gold coins in capsules to protect the 24-carat embossing.