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Austria Jurassic period - Life in the Air "Prehistoric Life" Series 20 Euro Silver coin 2013 Proof


Mint: Mint of Austria
Product Code: AT-S-PRL-13-2
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Name of series
Prehistoric Life issued 4 coins, continues
Metal Silver
Mintage 50,000
Fineness (% purity) 90.0
Denomination (EURO) 20 Euro
Weight (g) 20.00
Size (mm) 34.00
Year of Issue 2013
Country Austria
Quality Proof
Package Luxury box
Certificate of Authenticity Yes, numbered certificate of authenticity
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✔ Jurassic period - 201 million years ago
✔ Life in the Air - the second coin in the brand new series "Prehistoric Life"
✔ The perfect gift to the archeology lover
✔ The attractive design
✔ Its uniqueness is guaranteed by the limited mintage of 50,000 coins
✔ The coin comes in an attractive case with a numbered certificate of authenticity
The Austrian Mint - the second coin in the exciting five-coin series featuring Prehistoric Life, continuing the adventure with dinosaurs and early life in the water, on land, and in the air, of middle western Europe from the Triassic to the Quaternary period.
The reverse of the coin features a dynamic scene of what life may have been like during the Jurassic period.  A pair of large flying Rhamphorhynchus are depicted hunting a giant dragonfly at the water’s edge.  The lush tropical vegetation climate is noted in the background ferns and palm tree-like cycads.  The reverse of the coin was designed and engraved by Helmut Andexlinger.
The obverse of the coin depicts the Rhamphorhynchus, with its long tail, broad wing span and needle-like teeth angled forward in its snout.  The Rhamphorhynchus is creatively standing on the fossil of itself, which is on view today in the Natural History Museum in Vienna.  Below the fossil on the coin is the time line which details the Jurassic period from 200 million years ago to 145 million years.  This timeline is continuous from the first coin through to the fifth and final coin of this series.
The obverse also includes the country of issue, “Republik Oesterreich,” the year of issue 2013 and the face value of 20 euros.  This side of the coin was designed by Mint engraver Thomas Pesendorfer.
Tremendous changes occurred at the beginning of the Jurassic period. Pangaea, the massive continent, broke up and the early beginnings of the North American and Eurasian occurred.  Water flooded the huge valleys, oceans were formed, and mountains were forced up from the ocean floors. The hot dry air became warm and humid. A subtropical environment nourished the lush landscape. The warm and shallower inland seas gave way to a great variety of life. Reptiles made the greatest strides evolving from the water to the land and air because of their strong skeletons and intricate muscles. Their amniotic eggs were large and successfully supplied food and moisture to the young as they developed inside.
The Rhamphorhynchus, was less than a foot long but had a wingspan of three feet, tiny feet and a tail.   It belonged to the pterosaur class, which were primitive flying reptiles with short bodies and large wingspans. Its wings were a thin membrane. Its long snout was ideal for catching fish and tearing it apart. 
Fossils of the pterosaurs have been found in the UK, Germany, Austria, Spain and Portugal. Some of the fossils found are very complete and include the wing membrane, as well as even some of the internal organs.

奧地利侏羅世 - 在空中史前生活”系列銀幣2013證明

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