The Austrian Mint has recently started accepting orders for the first release of a new series entitled “Prehistoric Life: Back from the Dead”. The overall series will include five different coins issued from 2013 to 2015 with designs inspired by the typical lifeforms during different geological periods.
The first coin of the series features a design depicting “Life in the Water” during the Triassic period, which spanned from 250 to 200 million years BC.
The obverse of the coin depicts an extinct sea-dwelling cephalopod in both living and fossilized form. The inscriptions include “2013”, “Republik Österreich”, and “20 Euro”. At the base of the design is a timeline showing the date range from 250 million to 200 million BC with “Trias” beneath. A timeline indicating the years represented by the design will appear for each coin of the series.
On the reverse of the coin is an ichthyosaurus with an ammonite in its jaws and a nothosauras swimming below. The scene is completed with aquatic flora from the period.
Each coin is struck in 90% silver with a diameter of 34 mm and weight of 20 grams. Struck to proof quality, the coins have a maximum mintage of 50,000 pieces.
A release date of April 17, 2013 is indicated, although the Austrian Mint already has an order page on their website here. Many world coin dealers also typically carry new issues from the Austrian Mint.
The next coin in the Prehistoric Life series will be “Jura – Life in the Air” which is scheduled for release on September 11, 2013.