2017 Austria Cupro-Nickel €3 Colorful Creatures (Crocodile)

2017 Austria Cupro-Nickel €3 Colorful Creatures (Crocodile)

The third release in the highly anticipated Colorful Creatures series, this coin features the fierce crocodile.

Coin Highlights:

  • Cupro-Nickel composition.
  • Individual coins are packaged in a protective plastic coin flip.
  • Mintage of 50,000 coins.
  • Obverse: Features a collage of the 12 creatures to be recognized in the series along with the unique 3 euro denomination.
  • Reverse: Depicts a color-applied image of a crocodile that glows in the dark with a sandbank and pair of flamingos in the background.
  • Guaranteed by the Austrian Mint.

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With its semi-prehistoric appearance, impressive set of teeth and reputation for being a man-eater, the crocodile is one of the most feared yet fascinating of creatures on our planet. With special appeal for animal lovers and coin collectors of all ages, the Crocodile is the third glow-in-the-dark coin in the Austrian Mint's dramatic 12-piece Colorful Creatures series of 3 euro coins.

The luminous nature of the coins mean that children can continue to enjoy them after they have gone to bed, but the series also serves an educational purpose by helping to bring the animals featured on the coins to life.

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800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.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