Austrian Gold Philharmonic Coin

The Austrian Gold Philharmonic coin is one of the most popular bullion coins in Europe and throughout the world. With its beautiful, detailed design and high value, it is no wonder so many collectors would love to get their hands on one. Keep reading to learn more about this coin’s history.


Front / Obverse

The front side of this Austrian coin shows the Great Organ of Vienna’s Golden Hall. Around the organ are the coin’s weight, gold content and value in euros. This information is written in German, Austria’s official language.
Designer: Thomas Pesendorfer

Rear / Reverse

On the back, a group of musical instruments is displayed. These instruments include cellos, a harp, violins, a Viennese horn, a bassoon, and a stringed bass in the middle.
Designer: Thomas Pesendorfer



The Gold Philharmonic coin was first released in 1989, and it quickly became a very popular coin. In fact, in 1990, it was considered the best-selling coin in all of Europe. It is also the only coin in Europe to be minted in euros, although it can only be used as money in Austria. Ever since then, this coin has been minted every year by the Austrian Mint.

The Golden Hall of Vienna (known locally as the Wiener Musikverein, or just Musikverein) is located in Vienna, Austria. The Musikverein is the home to the world-famous Vienna Philharmonic orchestra. It was inaugurated in 1870.