1 oz. Austrian Platinum Philharmonic Coin


The Austrian Mint launched their bullion coins in 1989 with the Gold Philharmonic. The mint expanded its offerings with a 1 oz. Platinum version in 2016. The Platinum Philharmonic features the same artful design as the Gold and Silver Philharmonics which includes the image of the great pipe organ from the Vienna Musikverein’s Golden Hall on the obverse and an octet of instruments on the reverse side: a cello, four violins, a harp, a bassoon and an instrument that was developed for Viennese orchestral performances, the Vienna horn.

The Austrian Philharmonic Coins all feature the same obverse and reverse design elements regardless of the precious metal composition. The coins all share the designs created in 1989 by Thomas Pesendorfer, the Chief Engraver of the Austrian Mint. The designs in this collection honor the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, a cultural icon in Austria and widely regarded as one of the finest orchestras in the world today.

On the obverse of 2021 Austrian Platinum Philharmonic Coins is a depiction of the Great Pipe Organ. This musical instrument built into the Musikverein is the second version of a pipe organ installed in the hall since its completion in 1870. The first recital organ in the Musikverein was built by Friedrich Ladegast and first used in 1872. The modern pipe organ, known as the Great Pipe Organ, was built by the Austrian firm Rieger Orgelbau, installed in 1907, and refurbished in 2011.

The mint added new tamper-evident seals to the mint tubes in 2017 that contain ten coins and ten tubes in their monster boxes.  All individual coins are packaged in protective plastic.