The Austrian Mint has unveiled the second coin within the “Wildlife in Our Sights” which features the Wild Boar. The series celebrates the diversity of Europe’s native wildlife with depictions of six of the continent’s most recognizable wild animals on the obverse and their native habitat on the reverse.
The obverse design of the new coin features a profile of a male wild boar with its tusks plainly visible. The animal appears amidst grasses, oak leaves, and acorns, with an ornate decorative border beneath. The same style of border will be used throughout the series to provide a unifying characteristic across the six coins.
On the reverse is a scene of a female, or sow, watching over her young offspring as they wallow playfully in the mud. A badger looks on within the woodland habitat which is rich with oak trees, which provide acorns for the wild boar to eat.
The coins are struck in 98.6% gold to proof quality with a weight of 16.22 grams (fine weight of 16.00 grams) and diameter of 30.00 mm. The maximum mintage is 30,000 pieces.
Delivery for the 2014 Wild Boar Gold Coins will start on October 29, 2014. A product page appears on the Austrian Mint website here.
The previous release within the “Wildlife in Our Sights” series featured the Red Deer.