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The 2000 schilling coin is a bullion coin of the Vienna Philharmonic coin series that was issued by the Republic of Austria from 1989 to 2001. Along with the 500 schilling coin, it was the first denomination of the popular series to ever be issued. When Austria introduced the euro in 2001, the 2000 schilling coin became replaced by a 100 euro piece of the same composition and measurements. In 1991, the coin won Krause's Best Gold Coin for 1989.
The coin is composed of .9999 fine gold, weighs 31.103 grams, and measures 37 millimeters in diameter and 2 millimeters in thickness. It uses medal alignment, bears a reeded edge, and is circular in shape. Like the other Vienna Philharmonic coins, it was designed and engraved by Austrian sculptor and mint official Thomas Pesendorfer (1952–), and produced at Vienna. Featured in the center of the obverse is the famous pipe organ from the Musikverein concert hall in Vienna, the home to the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra. The German state title "REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH" (English: "Republic of Austria") is featured above the organ around the upper periphery, while an indication of the purity reading "1 UNZE GOLD 999.9" (English: "1 ounce of 999.9 gold") is inscribed directly below the instrument. Under the purity is the year of minting printed in relatively small text, and the value "2000 SCHILLING" is present at the very bottom of the obverse, arched around the rim. An assortment of instruments used by the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra is shown on the reverse, including a cello in the center; four violins, with two at either side of the cello; a Viennese horn and bassoon, both above the violins on the left, the latter partially concealed by the cello; and a harp, located above the violins on the right, with portions being covered by the cello and violins in front of it. The German words "WIENER PHILHARMONIKER", which translate to English as "Vienna Philharmonic", are inscribed along the upper rim above the instruments.
The number of coins produced each year was dependent on the demand. In total, over a thirteen year period, approximately 4,351,400 2000 schilling coins were issued, all in uncirculated quality.
- 20 Oz Vienna Philharmonic (Euro) – Austrian Mint
- Numismatic Guaranty Corporation website
- Numismaster – Coin of the Year
|Vienna Philharmonic coins|
|Euro||€1.50 • €4 • €10 • €25 • €50 • €100 • €2000 • €100,000|
|Schilling||S200 • S500 • S1000 • S2000|
|Miscellaneous||Austrian Mint • Bullion coin • Thomas Pesendorfer|