2016 Austria Cupro-Nickel €3 Colorful Creatures (Bat)

2016 Austria Cupro-Nickel €3 Colorful Creatures (Bat)

A new and exciting series from the Austrian Mint, the Colorful Creatures series will introduce an animal every three months. This series will be the first Austrian 3 euro coins and will also feature glow-in-the-dark details.

Coin Highlights:

  • Cupro-Nickel composition.
  • Packaged in plastic flips.
  • Mintage of 50,000 coins.
  • First ever Austrian 3 euro coin series.
  • Glow-in-the-dark details.
  • Obverse: Features a collage of the 12 creatures to be recognized in the series along with the unique 3 euro denomination.
  • Reverse: Depicts a flying bat with color detail with buildings and trees in the background. Also includes the year and "Fledermaus" for bat.
  • Guaranteed by the Austrian Mint.

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The Austrian Mint’s master engravers have taken their world-famous craftsmanship and attention to detail to another level with this series by combining the coin's surface relief, color application and superb artwork to dramatic effect. Even the coin’s face value is out of the ordinary: Colorful Creatures is the first ever Austrian 3 euro coin series.

Just like certain nocturnal species, the animals featured on the twelve extraordinary coins in the Colorful Creatures series become active at night, by glowing in the dark. The series has a special appeal for children, who can enjoy the coins long after they have gone to bed. This series will prove popular with animal lovers and coin collectors of all ages.

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800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.

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.

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.

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