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The Vienna Philharmonic

The Vienna Philharmonic

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.

Buffalo Nickels (1913-1938)

Buffalo Nickels (1913-1938)

The Indian nickel, more popularly known as the "Buffalo" nickel, replaced the Liberty Head nickel in 1913. There are 2 so-called "Types" of Buffalo nickels.


 What Ever Happened To Half Dollars?

What Ever Happened To Half Dollars?


We give out a lot of change at London Coin Galleries Mission Viejo. And, as we are a coin store, we try to make that change interesting if we can. Two dollar bills, Presidential Dollars, and half dollars of the non-silver variety, can appear in your change whenever available. Interestingly, the half dollar is the least familiar coin to many...




13 Scary Stories Represented with Jewelry Pieces

13 Scary Stories Represented with Jewelry Pieces

1.) An Eggcelent Beach Day A woman sunbathing on a warm beach feels something on her cheek. Little did she know, a spider was crawling on her. She brushes at her face and the sensation subsides. Unfortunately, that night a large boil begins growing on her face. Fearful, she heads to the doctor who pops the wound and hundreds of baby spiders...

The Gold Bullion Series: Pt 2 Gold Canadian Maple Leaf

The Gold Bullion Series: Pt 2 Gold Canadian Maple Leaf

In the western world public awareness of the price of gold and silver was on the upswing during the second half of the twentieth century. Although South Africa introduced the Krugerrand as a convenient way to own an ounce of gold in 1967 many nations boycotted the coin as a protest against that nation’s apartheid policy.

The Gold Bullion Series: Pt. 1 Gold American Bullion

The Gold Bullion Series: Pt. 1 Gold American Bullion

Last month we posted about bullion coins and how they differ from collector coins. For the next few postings our focus will be on the major worldwide gold bullion coins of the present day, beginning with: AMERICAN GOLD BULLION COINS There are two: the American Gold Eagle and the American Gold Buffalo. The American Gold Eagle, or Gold Eagle if...

National Coin Week feature: A look at Portraits of Liberty

National Coin Week feature: A look at Portraits of Liberty

Portraits of Liberty: Icon of Freedom The National Coin Week theme for 2016, Portraits of Liberty: Icon of Freedom, specifically celebrates the centennial of three of the most highly regarded US coinage designs since the opening of the first mint in 1793. The “Mercury” dime and “Walking Liberty” half dollar of Adolph A. Weinman, and Hermon A. MacNeil’s “Standing Liberty”...

National Coin Week feature: Standing Liberty Quarter

National Coin Week feature: Standing Liberty Quarter

Portrait of Liberty: Standing Liberty Quarter (1916 – 1930) The Standing Liberty quarter features a full head-to-toe Liberty goddess standing in a gateway seen in a defensive posture holding a large oval shield. As this design was created during the first world war, but before US involvement, it is said that Liberty is facing to her left toward the armed...

National Coin Week feature: Liberty Walking Half Dollar

National Coin Week feature: Liberty Walking Half Dollar

Portrait of Liberty: Liberty Walking Half Dollar (1916 – 1947) Ms Liberty is seen walking, striding actually… across the obverse side of Adolph A. Weinman’s renowned half dollar of 1916. “Liberty Walking,” with rays of sunshine beaming to the front, anticipated the entry of America on the side of the Allies during World War I, projecting the US as a...

National Coin Week feature: Libertas Americana Medal - 1783

National Coin Week feature: Libertas Americana Medal - 1783

National Coin Week – Libertas Americana Medal - 1783 Before there were US coins… before there was even a US mint… there was the American Revolution – a war fought to secure liberty and independence for the rebellious English colonies.    During that conflict, the American Continental Army was largely outnumbered and outgunned by the occupying British forces. Nonetheless, there...

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