|Mint Mark:||Not Shown|
|Metal Content:||0.2604 troy oz|
This ground-breaking Silver Niobium coin is the most innovative coin in this series. Using two different shades of niobium for the first time, the blue/green, Evolution edition illustrates the story of the development of Homo sapiens from other species.
With a maximum mintage of 65,000 pieces in Special Uncirculated quality only, the coin contains 9 grams of .900 fine silver in its outer ring, and 6.5 grams of 998 pure niobium. The coin has an asw of .26045. Each coin is encapsulated, boxed and comes complete with a numbered certificate guaranteeing its authenticity.
The coin was designed and engraved by mint engraver Helmut Andexlinger. The obverse of the coin depicts the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) as well as RNA (ribonucleic acid) – the keys to evolution. This side of the coin also bears the country of issue “Republik Österreich” Republic of Austria, the face value of 25 euros and the year of issue 2014.
The coin’s reverse deals with the history of human development and the diversity of forms of life brought about by evolution. Helmut included a somewhat stylized DNA chain to enhance the overall complexity of the design on the reverse. The DNA chain represents life, represented by the rest of the design elements on the reverse. The brightly colored toucan captures life’s abundance in the air. The fish and frog represent life in the water and how life evolved into land-based creatures. The mushroom is also included because it is a very complex biological world all on its own, in addition to plants and animals. Air bubbles surround these elements representing the key roll oxygen plays in life.