Austria’s Mint returns to prehistoric times on March 19 with a coin
celebrating the Cretaceous Period.
The Proof .900 fine silver 20-euro coin celebrates Life on the
Ground. The coin is the third in the “Back from the Dead” dinosaur
series, following issues in 2013 that marked Life in the Water and
Life in the Air. The series was formerly dubbed the “Prehistoric Life”
series but the name has been changed.
The obverse shows the Struthiosaurus austriacus fossil from
the collection at the Natural History Museum in Vienna. Behind the
fossils are plants and a model of the Struthiosaurus austriacus
in an aggressive stance.
The obverse, designed by Mint engraver Herbert Waehner, includes the
country and year of issue, 2014, and face value.
The reverse, designed and engraved by Helmut Andexlinger, shows a
Zalmoxes (a large herbivore dinosaur) trying to protect a hatchling
from Struthiosaurus austriacus.
An erupting volcano in the background is a reminder of the massive
explosion and volcanic activity that marked the end of the Cretaceous Period.
The coin weighs 20 grams, measures 34 millimeters in diameter and
has a mintage limit of 50,000 pieces.
Collectors in the United States and Canada may purchase the
Cretaceous coin from American Precious Metals Exchange or Downies, for
Telephone APMEX toll free at 800-375-9006 or visit the firm online
Order from Downies online at www.downies.com or telephone toll
free to 877-897-7696.