A very special Christmas tree can now be admired in Tokyo. The resident precious metals dealer Ginza Tanaka shows a Christmas tree, which consists of 2017 golden Vienna Philharmonic coins. The approximately three-meter-high, unsalable tree thus has a total value of about 310 million yen or 2.3 million euros [A little over $2.7 million USD. —CoinWeek].
The tree consists of 2,017 individual gold coins, which together have a total value of approximately 2.3 million euros. 2,016 coins with one-ounce of gold each were positioned by hand on an acrylic pyramid to form the tree. A 20-ounce Philharmonic decorates the top of the unique tree in a starry disguise. 63 kg of pure gold sparkle on a rotating platform whose design was inspired by the Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein. The other Christmas decorations were also tuned to the world-famous design of the Vienna Philharmonic.
The Vienna Philharmonic is actually the best-selling gold coin in Japan. Since 1989, this coin has been used to carry customers of inimitable Viennese musicality all over the world. From its very first imprint, the coin shows on one side instruments of the famous Vienna Orchestra. On the other hand, the organ known in the New Year’s Concert can be seen in the Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein. It not only stands for the highest quality and purity, but is also a beautiful gift with value, which is also very popular in Austria:
“We can see from the business development that this year there will often be a Vienna Philharmonic in gold under the Christmas tree,” says Mag. Gerhard Starsich, Director General of the Austrian Mint. The forecasts for the fourth quarter are accordingly positive.
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About the Austrian Mint
With over 800 years of history, the Austrian Mint (Münze Österreich AG), headquartered in Vienna, is today one of the world’s most dynamic and successful minting mills. Its business model is based on three product families: circulation coins and round blanks (unembossed coins); investment coins made of gold, platinum and silver; and gold bars, collectors’ coins and medals made of precious metals. Their recipe for success: the reliably high-quality of their products, the highest craftsmanship and ongoing investment in product innovations – as well as the most modern machinery in the world. As a subsidiary of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank, the Austrian Mint generates annual profits for the Republic of Austria.
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