Incredibly detailed, each coin in the "Wildlife in our Sights" series from the Austrian Mint features a masterful depiction of an animal native to Europe.
- Contains a total of 1.5289 oz of .5072 fine Gold.
- Contains 3 coins: The Red Deer, The Wild Boar and the Capercaillie.
- Each coin is in a capsule and displayed in a collector case with individual certificates of authenticity.
- Obverse: Features an up-close rendition of one of the three animals.
- Reverse: Depicts the animal in its habitat.
- Guaranteed by the Austrian Mint.
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The cave paintings of Lascaux in southwest France are lasting proof that mankind has been fascinated by animals since the dawn of civilization. Painting by torchlight and using bare rock as their canvas, our Cro-Magnon ancestors strove, with astonishing results, to capture the likeness of the deer, the horse and the bull. Some 17,000 years later, our tools may have changed but our fascination certainly hasn’t.
Anyone who has been lucky enough to observe wild animals in their natural habitat knows just how magical the moment one finds oneself face to face with a magnificent wild beast can be. Wildlife in our Sights is a sumptuous series of six half-ounce Gold coins, each one capturing that moment for eternity.
Each handsome coin features a masterful depiction of one of the continent‘s most recognizable wild animals in their natural habitat. In addition, the lower part of each coin is exquisitely decorated with an ornate design that gives the series its distinctive character. Fashioned with precision and passion by our master engravers and minted to the very highest standards in Proof quality only, these extraordinary coins are guaranteed to delight coin collectors and animal lovers alike. The first three editions in the series, the Red Deer, the Wild Boar and the spectacular Capercaillie, an endangered member of the grouse family, are already waiting for you to track them down.
In 1194, Richard the Lionheart paid 12 tons of Silver to Duke Leopold V of Austria to secure his freedom from a year of incarceration. This act unintentionally laid the foundation for the Austrian Mint, as Duke Leopold had coins struck from Richard the Lionheart’s ransom. In doing so, Leopold set in motion more than 800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents. <br /><br />The Vienna Mint was originally situated near Hoher Merkt and later at various locations in Vienna. Since the first half of the 19th century, the mint has been housed in Heumarkt in central Vienna, where coins are still struck to this day. Minting facilities opened throughout Austria until 1918 when the Republic of Austria was formed and the Vienna Principal Mint became the singular minting facility. In 1989, the name officially changed to the Austrian Mint and became a subsidiary of the Austrian National Bank. <br /><br />One of the Austrian Mint’s most recognized coins is the Maria Teresa Thaler, which is not simply a famous Silver coin, but one that boasts the greatest number minted. Another prime example of the mint’s international success is the Gold Philharmonic, one of the most popular Gold bullion coins worldwide. The Gold Philharmonic has played a vital role in developing the Austrian Mint into a highly successful company. The Austrian Mint’s beautifully crafted coins are minted in the heart of Vienna and are sought after by investors and collectors around the world.