The world famous Vienna Philharmonic bullion coin is now available in Platinum in addition to gold and silver. Named in honour of the world-famous orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic in platinum is one of the bestselling bullion coins of its kind worldwide and counts among the favourites with investors in Europe, Japan and North America. Almost as valuable, platinum makes for an excellent alternative investment to gold and the Austrian Mint is expecting its new Platinum coin to perform just as impressively.
The new coin is the Austrian Mint’s first platinum offering in its 800-year history.
Produced from 999.5 pure platinum, the new Vienna Philharmonic coin features the same award-winning design by Austrian Mint head designer Thomas Pesendorfer as its gold and silver counterparts. It depicts the organ of the Musikverein concert hall in Vienna, the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra’s home, on one side and an assortment of musical instruments on the other. All three types of Vienna Philharmonic are legal tender, thus have global acceptability and are easily traded at the daily gold, silver or platinum price wherever major bullion coins are sold.
Platinum Philharmonics and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
The Platinum Philharmonic coin is named after the world renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra was founded in 1842 by a group of people in response to Vienna’s lack of professional orchestral organizations in the early 19th century. An administrative committee democratically elected by its musician members managed the orchestra as an independent body. The professional musicians who made up the ensemble were chosen exclusively from the Vienna State Opera where they had to have been playing for at least three years before even being considered as a potential member. To this date, the stringent recruiting process has not changed, which ensures the very highest level of artistic performance from every member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is today most famous for its traditional New Year’s concerts where nostalgic music from great composers is performed. These concerts have grown to become so popular that they are televised to over 90 countries, sending a message of joy for the New Year through the gracious and delightful character of music.
The Austrian Mint, a subsidiary of Austria’s Central Bank, is a world renowned mint which dates back to the 12th century. The story of the Austrian Mint begins in 1194, when Richard the Lionheart paid 12 tonnes of silver to secure his freedom from imprisonment by the Austrian Duke Leopold V. The Duke would later use the silver to strike silver coins, thus laying the foundation for the Austrian Mint. In its rich and long history, the Austrian Mint has produced many of Europe’s most famous and widely used coins, including gold crowns, guilders, ducats and silver coins such as the Maria Theresa thaler. Many of the gold coins issued by the Austrian Mint were extensively used in trade during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, while the silver thaler proved to be one of the most minted and widely used silver coins in global commerce between 1750 and the 1950s. Today, the mint is best recognised for producing Europe’s most desired investment bullion coins, the Gold and Silver Philharmonic bullion coins.
The obverse depicts the organ of the Musikverein concert hall in Vienna. The Musikverein is home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and is considered one of the world’s foremost concert halls in terms of acoustics. Above the organ on the coin is the text “REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH”. Inscribed below the organ is the weight, purity, year of mintage and the coin’s face value of 100 Euros.
Reverse: The reverse displays a variety of musical instruments, including a string bass, four cellos, a bassoon, a harp and a Viennese horn. Above the instruments is the text “WIENER PHILHARMONIKER”.
Each coin is individually packaged in a hard plastic capsule. Multiples of 10 are available in original mint-sealed tubes.
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