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Silver Coin
Cretaceous – Life on the Ground

Product No. 19563

€  49,09

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Spanning some 80 million years, the Cretaceous period ended 66 million years ago when an asteroid collided with Earth. The period’s high sea levels meant that large portions of the landmass were under water, but on dry land dinosaurs such as struthiosaurius austriacus thrived. Protected by body armour, this small yet fearsome creature is brought to life on the third coin in our fascinating Prehistoric Life: Back from the Dead series.

The dinosaur’s remains were discovered in a coal mine south of Vienna in 1855 by geologist Eduard Suess and palaeontologist Ferdinand Stoliczka, along with those of a pterosaur and a raptor. These are shown on the coin‘s obverse above the timeline, which both links the coin to the other four geologic periods explored in the series and provides a sense of continuity. The coin’s reverse is illustrated with a typical landscape from the period, in which a zalmoxes protects its eggs from a hungry struthiosaurius austriacus.

Struck in Proof quality only to a maximum mintage of 50,000, the coin comes in both our Classic packaging option with information about the prehistoric period, as well as our Discoverer edition, which features a wealth of extras.

Date of Issue 19. March 2014
Quality Proof
Series Prehistoric Life
Occasion Graduation
Face Value 20 Euro
Coin Design Mag. Helmut Andexlinger, Herbert Wähner
Diameter 34,00 mm
Alloy Silver Ag 900
Fine Weight 18,00 g
Total Weight 20,00 g
Packaging Comes in a case complete with a numbered certificate of authenticity and protective slipcase
Year Uncirculated Proof Special Uncirculated
2014 - 50.000 -

Spanning some 80 million years, the Cretaceous period ended 66 million years ago when an asteroid collided with Earth. The period’s high sea levels meant that large portions of the landmass were under water, but on dry land dinosaurs such as struthiosaurius austriacus thrived. Protected by body armour, this small yet fearsome creature is brought to life on the third coin in our fascinating Prehistoric Life: Back from the Dead series.

The dinosaur’s remains were discovered in a coal mine south of Vienna in 1855 by geologist Eduard Suess and palaeontologist Ferdinand Stoliczka, along with those of a pterosaur and a raptor. These are shown on the coin‘s obverse above the timeline, which both links the coin to the other four geologic periods explored in the series and provides a sense of continuity. The coin’s reverse is illustrated with a typical landscape from the period, in which a zalmoxes protects its eggs from a hungry struthiosaurius austriacus.

Struck in Proof quality only to a maximum mintage of 50,000, the coin comes in both our Classic packaging option with information about the prehistoric period, as well as our Discoverer edition, which features a wealth of extras.

Date of Issue 19. March 2014
Quality Proof
Series Prehistoric Life
Occasion Graduation
Face Value 20 Euro
Coin Design Mag. Helmut Andexlinger, Herbert Wähner
Diameter 34,00 mm
Alloy Silver Ag 900
Fine Weight 18,00 g
Total Weight 20,00 g
Packaging Comes in a case complete with a numbered certificate of authenticity and protective slipcase
Year Uncirculated Proof Special Uncirculated
2014 - 50.000 -

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