2013 Austria Silver €20 Life in the Air Proof (Jurassic)

2013 Austria Silver €20 Life in the Air Proof (Jurassic)

This is the second coin in the "Back from the Dead" series. Between 200 and 150 million years ago, the Jurassic period was when some of the largest animals to have ever existed were in their prime.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains .5209 oz. of Silver.
  • Each coin comes in a capsule inside a mint box and includes the Certificate of Authenticity.
  • Obverse: Features the Rhamphorhynchus, whose skeleton is on display today at the Natural History Museum Vienna, dominates this marvelous 20 euro silver coin’s obverse as it did the prehistoric skies, with its long tail, snout and wings.
  • Reverse: Depicts a typical aquatic Jurassic landscape in which a pair of Rhamphorhynchus is pictured among ferns hunting a giant dragonfly in the foreground.
  • Guaranteed by the Austrian Mint.


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Among the largest animals to ever live, the Pterosaurus ruled the skies back when the continents of North America and Europe first came into being. These terrifying creatures are brought back to life on both sides of the superb coin.

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800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.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