The Austrian Mint has started accepting orders for the fourth coin in the series “Prehistoric Life: Back from the Dead.” The designs of the coin feature dramatic depictions of a the saber-toothed cat.
The coin represents life on the ground during the Tertiary period, which spans 66 million to 2.6 million years BC.
The obverse design features a detailed representation of the skull of the saber-toothed cat along with a depiction of the animal itself baring its famous saber-shaped canine teeth. A timeline is shown with the dates corresponding to the Tertiary period. The timeline is shown on all issues of the series showing the progression of the coins across the prehistoric periods.
The reverse design carries an action scene showing the saber-toothed cat attacking a chalicotherium, an odd-looking herbivore with long-clawed forelimbs. The scene takes place in the swampy natural habitat common during the period when the climate cooled to the extent that the first glacier appeared at the South Pole about 30 million years ago.
The coin carries a face value of 20 euro and is struck in 90% silver to proof quality. The diameter is 34 mm and the weight is 20 grams. There is a maximum mintage of 50,000 pieces. Orders for the coin are already being accepted for the coin at this page on the Austrian Mint website with a release date of September 10, 2014.
The previous release of the series issues of the series have featured life in the water during the Triassic period, life in the air during the Jurassic period, and life on the ground during the Cretaceous period.