The Austrian Mint has shared information on its upcoming 2015 “Wildlife in Our Sights” coin release. The new coin will feature the Capercaillie, a wild European woodland grouse, and carry a denomination of 100 euros. It will be released on October 28.
The coin is composed of 16 grams of gold that is .986 fine, with a diameter of 30 mm, and a mintage limited to 30,000 pieces. The mint has yet to officially release the price of the coin, but the two previous releases in the series, the Red Deer (2013) and the Wild Boar (2014), are currently available for € 645.00 each.
The obverse design, created and engraved by Thomas Pesendorfer, features an image of a male capercaillie in a “courting pose,” surrounded by its habitat of pine cones and pine boughs. Curving along the rim of the coin are 100 EURO, REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH, and 2015.
The reverse image was designed and engraved by Helmut Andexlinger and includes a rendering of a male and female capercaillie perched in a pine tree, with a pine cone in the foreground and a rock face in the background.
A press release notes that the “Wildlife in Our Sights” program “celebrates the diversity of Europe’s native wildlife as well as the sustainable management of their habitats.” The Capercaillie issue is the third release in the series, which began in 2013 and will issue one coin annually until it concludes in 2018 with a design featuring “The Mallard.” Next year’s release will be titled, “The Fox.”
For more information on the “Wildlife in Our Sights” series, visit the Austrian Mint’s Web site.