The Austrian Mint has unveiled the second coin within the new series “Prehistoric Life: Back from the Dead”. This series will feature five different coins with the designs inspired by the typical lifeforms during different geological periods.
The first release had featured a design depicting life in the water during the Triassic period. The latest coin depicts life in the air during the Jurassic period, which spanned from 200 to 145 million years BC.
The obverse design carries a depiction of the Rhamphorhynchus, a long tailed flying reptile that lived during the Jurassic period. The creature’s fossil appears below, along with a timeline with the date range and period of “Jura” indicated.
The highly detailed reverse design features a typical aquatic Jurassic landscape with the Rhamphorhynchus hunting a giant dragonfly in the foreground.
Each coin is struck in 90% silver to proof quality, with a weight of 20 grams and diameter of 34 mm. The Austrian Mint website indicates a release date of September 11, 2013, although ordering is already available on the product page.
The coins come in a case with numbered certificate of authenticity and protective slipcase. The Austrian Mint also offers a collector case to house all five coins and certificates, which incorporates additional scientific information.