PCGS 2006 1oz Gold Austrian Philharmonic MS69

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Overview

2006 1oz Gold Philharmonic MS69 Mint State 'All but Perfect'

MS69: Un-Circulated with perfect lustre, sharp, attractive strike and very exceptional eye appeal. A perfect coin except for microscopic flaws (8x magnification) in planchet (pre-strike), strike or contact marks.

PCGS Population Worldwide: 2

    Coin Weight: 1oz
    Gold Purity: 999.9
    Brand: Austrian Mint
    Country: Austria
    PCGS Mint State: MS 69

    The Austrian Philharmonic Gold Coin

    Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) represents the industry standard in coin certification. By establishing a universal grading standard, PCGS has paved the way for coin investors to enjoy buying and selling coins with confidence.

    First issued in October 1989, the Vienna Philharmonic gold coin is Europe’s most successful investment coin. According to the World Gold Council, it was the best selling gold coin in the world in 1992, 1995, 1996 and 2000. Given its success, it is strange to think that the coin in its present design may never have seen the light of day.

    History and design of the coin

    From November 1998 on, a change in Austrian law permitted the issue of pure gold coins for investment purposes. This is how the idea came about to design a gold coin that symbolised Austria. Numerous possible themes for the coin were discussed until finally the vote was given to music, a harmonious ambassador whose language is understood the world over. And what better to symbolise music than the world famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra?

    The coin was designed by Thomas Pesendorfer, the Austrian Mint’s chief engraver. For the reverse side he chose eight characteristic orchestral instruments: four violins either side of a cello in the foreground and the Viennese horn, the bassoon and the harp behind. The obverse side features the famous pipe organ from the Goldener Saal of the Viennese Musikverein, recognised throughout the world as the backdrop to the Philharmonic’s New Year concerts.

    The organ case was designed by the architect Theophil von Hansen, who was responsible for the whole building. The original organ was built by Friedrich Ladegast in 1872 and since then the organ has been renovated and replaced on various occasions, the last being in 2011.

    Visually, the body of the organ remains unchanged despite technical alterations. Above the organ, the words “Republik Oesterreich” stand in a semi-circle, while the weight and purity of the coin, with the date of issue below, stand beneath the balustrade of the organ. At the bottom edge of the coin appears its face value. The edge of the coin is reeded.