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

2017 Austria Cupro-Nickel €3 Colorful Creatures (Kingfisher)
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The fourth release in the widely popular Colorful Creatures series features the kingfisher. This coin's glow-in-the-dark depiction of the striking bird is sure to please.

Coin Highlights:

  • Cupro-Nickel composition.
  • Individual coins are packaged in protective plastic.
  • 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 kingfisher that glows in the dark with a river and leaping fish in the background.
  • Guaranteed by the Austrian Mint.

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The ice-blue markings of the kingfisher make it one of Austria's most striking small birds, but kingfisher as so much more than just a pretty coat. Kingfishers' eyesight is so good that they can perceive life under water and their torpedo-shaped body enable them to dive with lightening speed.

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800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.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