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Since its first launch in 1989, the Austrian gold Philharmonic coin has been a must-have both in Europe and around the world. In 1990, the gold Philharmonic was the best-selling gold bullion coin in Europe and (more impressively) the second best-selling gold coin in the world

In a number of years including 1992, 1995, 1996 and 2000, the World Gold Council declared the Philharmonic the #1 best-selling gold coin in the world

Why? Consider that Europe has a much more politically unstable history than the U.S. Since the beginning of the 20th century, Austria itself has experienced two global wars (and chose the losing side in both), both bloodless and bloody coups d'état, hyperinflation and armed occupation. Europeans are people who know that paper money could become worthless overnight, and plan accordingly… 

Hence the widespread popularity of the Austrian gold Philharmonic coins across the Old World as well as the new. 

Almost from the beginning, the Austrian Mint saw a need for more affordable versions of their hit Philharmonic, and began minting fractional gold Philharmonic coins that fit into just about anyone’s budget. Although the 1/2 oz Philharmonic has enjoyed great popularity since its debut in 1994, its daddy, the 1 oz gold Philharmonic coin, is still #1.

The 1/2 oz gold Philharmonic features exactly the same design as the other weights, unchanged since the first minting year of 1989. The obverse depicts the massive, almost architectural pipe organ housed in the baroque Gold Concert Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein, the home concert venue of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. 

The reverse of all gold Philharmonic coins portrays a number of orchestral instruments: a cello flanked by two violins, a bassoon, a harp, and a French horn. (Yes, this is an unusual design for a sovereign nation’s official gold coins, but it sure beats an Austrian gold coin featuring, oh, a portrait of Emperor Franz Josef or the notorious Habsburg double-eagle coat of arms. Austria’s mint has taken a step away from nationalism and a step toward international cooperation by emphasizing the global appeal of music…)

Please note 1/2 oz gold Philharmonic coins aren’t nearly as common as the 1 oz or 1/10 oz weights. They often sell out well before they cross the ocean, so if you want to get your own half-pint version of a global best-selling gold coin, better buy yours now!

1/2 oz Austrian Gold Philharmonic Coin (BU) highlights:

  • Second-greatest weight of Austrian Philharmonic gold coin series, not often found outside Europe
  • Contains 1/2 troy oz of 0.9999 pure gold in brilliant, uncirculated, fresh-from-the-mint condition
  • Official legal tender of the nation of Austria with a face value of €50
  • Among the world’s most popular gold coins over its 30 years of mintage history
  • Random year of minting, 1994-present (including the current year)
  • Individual coins ship in protective flip cases; orders of 10+ coins ship in a secured plastic tube.

1/2 oz Austrian gold Philharmonic mintage history

Since the Austrian Mint’s flagship product is the 1 oz Philharmonic, every year they mint more of this weight than any other. Typically, in a given year, we’ll see anywhere from 10-25% as many 1/2 oz gold Philharmonics as the standard 1 oz version. (This could possibly lead to additional collector value on the secondary market, but it’s far from a sure bet.)

Here are the quantities of 1/2 oz Philharmonic gold coins Austrian Mint has produced by year:

  • 1994: 94,700
  • 1995: 57,400
  • 1996: 88,000
  • 1997: 68,200
  • 1998: 47,300
  • 1999: 44,200
  • 2000: 20,500
  • 2001: 26,800
  • 2002: 40,922
  • 2003: 26,848
  • 2004: 24,269
  • 2005: 21,049
  • 2006: 20,085
  • 2007: 25,091
  • 2008: 73,778
  • 2009: 92,249
  • 2010: 56,607
  • 2011: 73,488
  • 2012: 49,483
  • 2013: 69,573
  • 2014: 57,816
  • 2015: 101,500
  • 2016: 78,460
  • 2017: 52,281
  • 2018: 44,750
  • 2019: 40,890
  • 2020: 112,430
Product specifications
Metal Gold
Purity 0.9999
Product Type Coin
Year Minted Random
Mint Austrian Mint
Country Austria
Mint type Government
Grade BU
Weight 1/2 oz
Thickness 1.6 mm
Certificate of Authenticity false
IRA Eligibility Yes
Dimensions 28 mm
Face Value/Denomination €50
Obverse Design Thomas Pesendorfer
Reverse Design Thomas Pesendorfer
Edge Design Reeded






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