Austrian Mint ‘Back from the Dead’ coin takes collectors to Tertiary Period with Smilodon portrait

A saber-toothed cat is featured on the obverse of the latest coin in the series
By , Coin World
Published : 08/11/14
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The Austrian Mint’s fourth coin in the popular “Back from the Dead” coin series is set for release Sept. 10.

The Proof 2014 .900 fine silver 20 coin takes collectors to the Tertiary Period.

The obverse of the silver coin features a saber-toothed cat (Smilodon) with its powerful teeth, ready to pounce. The skull on the obverse is also of a Smilodon, its distinctive teeth visible. 

The continual timeline along the bottom portion of the coin reflects a time period from about 30 million to 2.6 million years ago. This timeline links all of the coins in this series, from the earliest period to more recent times. 

The obverse also includes the country of issue, REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH, the year of issue 2014 and the denomination. 

The reverse of the coin shows a Smilodon attacking an herbivore known as a Chalicotherium

The background designs on both sides of the coin depict the swampy landscape of this cooling period when glaciers formed over the South Pole.

Both sides of the coin were designed by mint engraver Helmut Andexlinger.

The coin weighs 20 grams, measures 34 millimeters in diameter and has a maximum mintage of 50,000 pieces.

The Austrian Mint also developed an augmented reality application related to this coin series and has updated the program for this launch.

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