Vienna Philharmonic 1oz Gold Coin 2017
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The 2017 Vienna Philharmonic 1oz Gold has arrived! Introduced in 1989, the Austrian Vienna Philharmonic is the most popular investment gold coin in Europe. Known for its exquisite design and high level of purity, the Gold Philharmonic is an excellent coin for investors and collectors to consider.
The 1 oz Gold Philharmonic is the most popular size, however, it also is available in ½ oz, ¼ oz and 1/10 oz.
Alloy & Sizes
The Philharmonic is .9999 pure gold. The high level of purity gives the coin a bright shinny golden appearance. The advantage is that it makes the coin resistant to corrosion and changes in color. The one drawback to pure gold coins like the Philharmonic is that they can be prone to surface scratches. Therefore it is recommended that the coin remain in its protective case.
History of the Philharmonic
The Gold Vienna Philharmonic is produced by the Austrian mint. The Name “Philharmonic” comes the famous orchestra (Wiener Philharmoniker) which the coin was named after.
The orchestra was founded in 1842 and the design celebrates the history of the “Vienna Philharmonics” The annual New Year’s concert is one of the most famous classical concerts in the world.
The 1 oz gold Philharmonic was first introduced in 1989 and had a face value 2,000 Austrian Shillings. With the introduction of the Euro in 2002, the face value was changed to 100 Euro.
In 2008 the mint introduced the 1 oz Silver Philharmonic with a nominal value of 1.50 Euro. Then in 2016 the mint created the 1 oz Platinum Philharmonic with a face value of 100 Euro.
Gold Philharmonics are regarded as one of the world’s best selling bullion coins. In 1992, 1995, 1996 and 2000 the World Gold Council declared the Philharmonic the best selling gold coin in the world.
Thomas Pesendorfer, the head of engraving of the Austrian Mint designed the Vienna Philharmonic. The coins appearance has not changed since it was introduced. The annual New Year’s concert is one of the most famous classical concerts in the world.
One of the advantages of the Philharmonic is its consistent appearance from year to year. The coin features a rippled edge and an edge bar. The unique design of both elements ensure safety and design. The edge bar is also slightly raised to facilitate better stackability of the coins.
The main motif on the obverse is the great organ of the Golden Hall in Vienna. Directly under the Golden Hall is the balcony. The design of the balcony reaches into the edge bar, which is a rather rare aspect of a bullion coin.
Above the Golden Hall the words “REPUBLIK OSTERREICH” are embossed. Below the The organ the fine weight “1 UNZE GOLD 999.9”, year “2017” and nominal value “100 EURO” are engraved.
The Reverse of the Gold Philharmonic depicts various instruments that are used by the Vienna Orchestra. These include 4 violins, cello, harp, bassoon, and a horn. A total of 8 musical instruments are shown. Above the instruments the name of the orchestra is shown and reads "Wiener Philharmoniker".
Buying Tips of the Gold Vienna Philharmonic
Before buying the 2017 Gold Philharmonic, investors should learn about the factors that influence the gold price. The biggest influencers include supply and demand, currency movements, and central bank policy. Generally speaking investors turn to gold as a way to preserve purchasing power during times of uncertainty.
The final price of the 1 oz Vienna Philharmonic 2017 is composed of the current gold price (also known as the spot price) and the premium. The premium covers the costs and margin of both the mint and the bullion dealer.
The current gold price is the biggest price factor for 1oz Gold Philharmonics. We recommend learning about recent gold price developments to determine the right entry point.
Understanding the Premium
The price of any commodity or precious metal fluctuates constantly on the various market exchanges around the world. The gold spot price is the market price of the precious metal. The premium is added to the spot price, which results in the final price of a coin or bar.
The premium is determined by the Mint and subsequently by the seller. The mint of the 2017 Gold Philharmonic is the Austrian Mint. As a state owned corporation all costs and margin are added to the coin price.
Costs of the mint are: creation of the coin blanks (blanks), creation of punches, expensive embossing equipment, personnel costs, storage costs, delivery costs, security costs and more.
What Factors Increase the Premium?
Other factors that influence the premium include: the demand in the marketplace; and the grading level of a coin. In times of high demand premiums will tend to increase.
Bars usually carry the lowest premium because they are less expensive to mint. 1 oz coins are the most popular forms of investment gold, however the premium will vary greatly depending on the coin you choose.
2017 Vienna Philharmonic 1 oz gold coins are usually a little more expensive, since they have the grading “New, mint-state, uncirculated".
Fractional sizes below 1 oz carry a higher premium because production costs rise in relation to the processed gold.
As an example: For the same amount of gold ten 1/10 oz Vienna Philharmonic need to be minted as compared to one 1 oz Philharmonic.
The premium will also vary depending on the bullion dealer, as each dealer’s cost structure is different. Keep in mind to always buy from a reputable dealer who has a wide selection of bullion products to choose from.
The Austrian Mint is located in Vienna and has a rich history minting Austrian coins. The first coins minted in Vienna were made of silver in 1194 and used to ransom King Richard I the Lionheart from Duke Leopold.
Since 1989, the mint has been a public company and a subsidiary of the National Bank of Austria in Vienna. In addition to gold, silver and platinum bullion coins, the mint is also responsible for producing Austrian euro coins.
In 2004, for the 15th anniversary of the Vienna Philharmonic bullion coin, the mint produced a 1,000 ounce commemorative Philharmonic with a nominal value of 100,000 euro. Known as “Big Phil” the coin consists of 31.103 kg of pure gold. It is one one of the largest bullion coins ever produced.
Advantages and Disadvantages of the Gold Philharmonic 1oz 2017
The main advantages of the 2017 Vienna Philharmonic are as follows:
The Philharmonic is a beautifully designed coin. The detailed design of the famous "Wiener Philharmoniker" is recognized worldwide.
With a fineness of .9999, the Philharmonic is one of the purest gold coins in the world.
The coin is produced in such large quantities that the premium is relatively low.
The Philharmonic gold coin series is exempt from VAT in the European Union.
The Philharmonic is a brand name coin that is easily bought and sold at most bullion dealers around the world.
The only real disadvantage of the 1 oz Gold Philharmonic 2017 is the poor scratch resistance. Because of the high purity level the the coin is susceptible to surface scratches.
As a result, the Philharmonic should be handled with care and kept in its protective packaging.
What makes the Vienna Philharmonic a gold bullion coin?
In all European countries gold investment coins are exempt from VAT. The following criteria make the Vienna Philharmonic 1oz 2017 a bullion coin.
The gold coin must have been minted after 1800.
The gold coin is legal tender in the country of manufacture or has been.
The gold coins must have a fine gold content of at least 900/1000.
The gold coin may not exceed the open market value by more than 80%.
Manufacturer: Austrian Mint
Karat: 24 K
Fineness: 999.9 / 1000
Scratch resistance: Poor