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2024 Austria Cupro-Nickel €3 Marine Life (Blue Doctorfish)

2024 Austria Cupro-Nickel €3 Marine Life (Blue Doctorfish)

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To celebrate the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, the Austrian Mint is embarking on an undersea adventure that will show just how fascinating and colorful the underwater world can be.

Coin Highlights:
  • Cupro-nickel composition.
  • Individual coins are packaged in protective packaging.
  • Mintage of 65,000 coins.
  • Obverse: All 12 of the magical sea creatures in the Luminous Marine Life series are shown in silhouette on the coin’s obverse. Air bubbles up between them and a tail fin disappears beneath the waves to the right.
  • Reverse: On the coin’s reverse, a wide band reminiscent of an old-fashioned porthole, frames an aquatic scene that features a blue doctorfish in the centre. Several types of coral are shown in the background, along with two yellow-coloured blue doctorfish, as the juvenile fish are that colour. When the coin is illuminated with ultraviolet light, the doctorfish begins to glow green and slightly bluish.
  • Guaranteed by the Austrian Mint.

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The blue doctorfish gets its name from bony projections on its tail that have a razor-sharp edge not unlike a surgeon’s scalpel. When a rival comes close, the striking yellow ‘scapel’ is extended as a threat to ward off attack, which can lead to nasty cuts being inflicted on the enemy should it fail to heed the warning.

Once young blue doctorfish grow roughly to the size of a 1 euro coin, they begin their life on the seabed. When illuminated with a special light at this stage, they glow an intense greenish colour. The fish play an important role in maintaining the health of coral reefs as they remove algae when feeding, which provides space for coral to flourish. In addition, their droppings fertilise the reef.

Along with the other coins in the Luminous Marine Life series, the Blue Doctorfish is aimed at vividly demonstrating the beauty and vibrancy of the underwater world. To ensure that the marine habitat remains as diverse as on our colourful coins, it must be protected at all costs.

Austrian Mint Commemorative Coins
APMEX is proud to offer products from the Munze Österreich, or Austrian Mint. With more than 800 years of coin-production experience, the Austrian Mint in Vienna has become world-renowned for coin production and precious metals processing. As a subsidiary of the Austrian Central Bank, the Austrian Mint's foremost task is to produce all of the circulating euro coinage for Austria. The mint also strikes an impressive range of collector coins and medals, along with producing some of the world's best-selling bullion coins. In addition to the popular Philharmonic coins, the Austrian Mint produces many beautiful commemorative coins to honor people, places and events of its history. More than 400 million coins are produced at the Austrian Mint each year.

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