The wooly mammoth is the final subject of the Austrian Mint’s silver
coin series exploring prehistoric animals, known as “Back from the Dead.”
The Austrian Mint is scheduled to release the fifth and final coin
in the series on March 18.
The 2015 Proof .900 fine silver €20 coin features a design from
Thomas Pesendorfer, chief engraver of the Austrian Mint.
The obverse displays a dominating profile of the woolly mammoth,
with a skull and massive tusks in the foreground. The timeline that
began on the first coin and continues on the obverse of all four
previous coins, is seen here to show that the Quaternary Period began
about 2.6 million years ago. This side of the coin also includes the
country of issue, “Republik Österreich,” the year of issue 2015 and
the face value.
The reverse of the coin features an Ice Age hunting scene of two men
with torches and spears, ready to capture a mammoth as prey.
The Quaternary Period is the youngest of all geologic periods and
The continents as we know them today have been located in the same
place during this period. During the Quaternary Period, man began
standing up and has changed the world ever since.
The Pleistocene Epoch of the Quaternary Period, which lasted from
about 1.8 million years ago to about 12,000 years ago, was an extended
time of colder weather. During such times up to 30 percent of the
earth was covered in ice. Mammoths thrived during cold periods until
they died out at the end of the last Ice Age, some 12,000 years ago.
The coin weighs 20 grams, measures 34 millimeters in diameter and
has a mintage limit of 50,000 pieces.
The coin is encapsulated, comes with a certificate of authenticity
and is packed in a protective case with sleeve.
The Austrian Mint has developed an augmented reality application for
smartphones and tablets to serve as a gateway to the world of
dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.
The free app provides in-depth background information, as well as
bringing the long-extinct animals back to "life" with moving images.
The app may be downloaded from the Austrian Mint website or through
Collectors in the United States and Canada may purchase the
“Quaternary Coin” coin issue directly from the Austrian
In addition, three distributors serving the United States carry new
coins of Austria.
To order, visit the website of American Precious Metals Exchange, or Downies, or Modern Coin Mart.
Keep reading about coins in this series:
Austria brings past back to life
Austria visit Jurassic Period
Austria's new coin goes back in time to Cretaceous
Back from the Dead dinosaurs
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