Through the combination of silver and niobium Münze Österreich AG has achieved an internationally recognised innovation of a quality that no other coin manufacturer has so far managed to equal. The niobium tones arise without the application of colour, purely through light refraction on an extremely thin, transparent oxide layer. The combination of the coins’ two-tone niobium core with the circular design of the silver outer ring provides the ideal environment in which to explore fittingly fascinating themes.
A global innovation when launched, our 25 Euro Silver Niobium coins still combine state-of-the-art numismatic design, technology and aesthetic beauty like few others.
Every year since 2003 the coins' silver outer ring and coloured niobium core, which is attained by oxidation as opposed to the application of artificial colour, have provided the perfect backdrop for exploring suitably technological themes, from astronomy to aviation, robotics to renewable energy and electric light to television.
As well as being ideal gifts, our silver niobium coins are also extremely popular with collectors and investors.
Is there anybody out there?
The search for extraterrestrial life could become increasingly important in the decades to come. Science fiction writers are not alone in asking questions such as: Are we alone in the universe? What would aliens look like? And how could we contact them?
What If there really is somebody out there? Making contact with aliens would change our whole concept of the universe. Is this really plausible or are such thoughts purely fantasy? Given that we only know a tiny part of the universe, which comprises some 100 billion galaxies, each with 100 billion stars, it is hardly surprising that we continue to ask these questions. Is all life in the universe really limited to our tiny ‘third rock from the sun’?
Extraterrestrial Life, the 2022 edition of the 25 euro Silver Niobium coin, explores the possibility of life in outer space and takes us on an intergalactic voyage in search not just of aliens but also of microscopic signs of life.