2016 Austria Prf Gold €100 Wildlife in our Sights (The Fox)

2016 Austria Prf Gold €100 Wildlife in our Sights (The Fox)

This fourth Gold coin of the Austrian "Wildlife in Our Sights" series features the Red Fox. With a maximum mintage of only 30,000, this beautifully finished coin is sure to impress.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains .5144 oz of .986 fine Gold.
  • Coins are packaged in the original box with a certificate of authenticity.
  • Obverse: Features a fox with decorative foliage. “Republik Österreich”, the 2016 year of issue and the face value €100.
  • Reverse: Depicts a mother fox and her two kits under a tree.
  • Guaranteed by the Austrian Mint.

These commemorative Gold coins from Austria are a great way to add to your Gold holdings while enhancing your World Gold collection. Add one of these 2016 Austria Prf Gold €100 Wildlife in our Sights The Fox coins to your cart today!

The red fox belongs to the wolf family and is a winner in every respect. It is at home in the most varied habitats from the snows of Alaska to the deserts of North Africa. Due to its intelligence and adaptability, it is the world’s most geographically extended predator. It has learned to outmaneuver lemmings in the Siberian tundra, steal chickens from farmers, and cross the road safely in urban areas. Foxes also have the ability to play dead in order to attract crows, which they then attack unexpectedly. The saying "as cunning as a fox" therefore contains more than a grain of truth.

With their reputation for cunning, few animals play as prominent a role in popular culture and folklore as the fox. This is partly due to the fact that foxes live in closer proximity to humans than most other wild animals. So widespread is the Red fox that this member of the wolf family is not an endangered species.

Foxes are even a common sight in cities the size of London during the hours of darkness. Foxes have colonized many suburban areas and as settlements have spread, so has the fox. The ability of such a wild animal to live in relative harmony with humans shows the strength of our association with foxes and the affection that many of us have for them.

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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