Much has been made of the “VDB” cents of 1909 that kicked
off the longest running series of all United States coins. VDB, the monogram of
Victor David Brenner, the designer of the Lincoln Cent, evokes a compelling story
of brilliant artistry with an overlay of political intrigue that hopefully was
well covered in the last Coins and Context article. But – there were five more issues of the
Lincoln cent that collectors have sought over the years with great vigor.
President Theodore Roosevelt was an ardent admirer of
President Abraham Lincoln. He was also
committed to changing US coin designs as he saw fit. The 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s
birth in 1909 afforded just such an opportunity.
Think of pennies… and how long they’ve been made. It’s 225 years. And for the last 109 of those years, the Lincoln Cent has been the penny being made. For us, our parents, and grandparents (and maybe even great grandparents) a new penny has been a Lincoln penny.
So, the Indian Head Cent, after a few problematic years of its early production, became a fixture in daily commerce of mid-19th century America. Large cents, Flying Eagles, and Civil War tokens faded into memory to be resurrected in later years in small accumulations of family memorabilia that are still with us, but in a different context.
After a short two years of minting the first small cents,
the ones with the well-known flying eagles, James B. Longacre was called upon
to come up with a new design that would hopefully mitigate the production issues:
weak strikes, fast wearing dies, and over-stressed coin presses.
When collectors of US coins are asked to identify the most
beautiful coins in their collections, they usually include the Flying Eagle
Cents of 1857–1858 near the top of their lists. With only two years of regular production, a complete set is
attainable in decent condition at a reasonable cost.
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The one troy ounce pure gold bullion coin of Austria is known as the “Vienna Philharmonic” – after the famous symphony orchestra of the same name. Fittingly, the coin features a stunning presentation of musical instruments including a cello with four violins, a harp, bassoon and Vienna horn. Not to be outdone, the other side of the coin is dominated by an image of the massive pipe organ of the Vienna Musikverein (Opera House.)
The first year of issue was 1989. At first, the gold Philharmonic was issued in one ounce and one quarter ounce sizes only. Two years later the one tenth ounce coin was introduced, and then in 1994 the half ounce coin as well. In 2014, the 25th Anniversary of the gold Philharmonic coin, a tiny one twenty-fifth ounce coin was struck with a face value of four Euros . The opposite of tiny is… HUGE. That is how we’d describe the gold Philharmonic coin struck for the fifteenth anniversary of the coin in 2004. Weighing in at a hefty 1000 kilograms, this coin is also known as Big Phil. It’s more than 14 inches in diameter and nearly an inch thick!
The one ounce Philharmonic was originally denominated as 100 Schillings, the pre-Euro Austrian coin of account. In 2002 the 100 Schilling denomination became 100 Euros.
Stop by our store, London Coin Galleries Mission Viejo, and check out our current holdings in gold bullion coins. We generally have a wide variety of coins to meet your gold investment and collecting needs.