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Das Philharmonische Tagebuch

Sun, 15. November 2009



20 Years Vienna Philharmonic Gold Coin

On October 10, 1989, the Vienna Philharmonic gold coin came on the market. Since the "Austrian Mint AG", the direct successor of the venerable Austrian Mint, which was founded in 1194, was also formed twenty years ago, there was cause for a double anniversary to be celebrated. The official ceremony took place on October 15, 2009, in the Orangerie of Schönbrunn Palace. The speaker was former Austrian President Dr. Franz Vranitzky, and the music was provided by Erich Schagerl, Maxim Brilinsky (violin, Vienna State Opera Orchestra), Robert Bauerstatter, Edison Pashko (cello, Stage Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera), Christoph Wimmer, Johann Hindler, Bendikt Dinkhauser and Wolfgang Lintner. Thus, with the exception of the harp, all of the instruments pictured on the coin, designed by Thomas Pesendorfer, were involved. The program consisted of the Adagio and Minuet from Franz Schubert's Octet in F major, D803, as well as the world premiere of a composition by Erich Schagerl, which was especially written for this occasion. Up until now, 8.7 million Vienna Philharmonic gold coins have been sold, and in the years 1992, 1995, 1996 and 2000,  the World Gold Council declared it the "most purchased coin in the world". Since February 2008, it has also been available in silver.



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