Tertiary Period Silver Coin is the series’ fourth installment….
On September 10, the Austrian Mint will issue the fourth coin in its popular “Back from the Dead” dinosaur coin series, accompanied with a new and improved augmented reality app. The first two coins of the series moved from “Life in the Water”, to “Life in the Air”. The third and fourth coins represent “Life on the Ground”.
The obverse of the silver coin features the dramatic Sabre Tooth tiger and its powerful canine teeth in a ready-to-pounce pose. The skull detailed on the obverse is also of a Sabre Tooth tiger, its very distinctive teeth clearly noted. The continual timeline along the bottom portion of the coin now depicts a time period from about 30 to 2.6 million years ago. This timeline links all of the coins in this series, from the earliest period to more recent times. The obverse also includes the country of issue, “Republik Oesterreich,” the year of issue 2014 and the face value of 20 euros.
The reverse of the coin shows the power of a Sabre Tooth tiger violently attacking a herbivore known as a Chalicotherium. The Chalicotherium had long claws which enabled it to readily grab vegetation to feed on. The background designs on both sides of the coin depict the swampy landscape of this cooling period when the first glacier formed over the South Pole.
Both sides of the coin were designed by mint engraver, Helmut Andexlinger.
The Tertiary Period marks the beginning of the Cenozoic Era that began about 66 million years ago and continued on to about 2.6 million years ago. This period is a key geological time when a great deal of evolution took place. It was the beginning of the period when mammals replaced reptiles as the main vertebrate on earth. Mountain ranges formed as the continents continued to drift. India bumped into Eurasia to form the Himalayas and Africa drifted into Europe to form the Alps. Plants evolved, and many of which are still found in modern times. Fossils of tree dwelling primates dating to this period, or about some 20 million years ago, have been found in Africa. Humans evolved about 6 million years ago.
Chalicotherium was found in Europe, Asia and Africa. It had long arms in relation to its hind legs. The front arms would dangle and maybe even scrape along the ground as it walked and browsed for its food. The claws allowed it to reach up to high tree branches and pull them down and towards itself. It would chew the food it was grazing on using the large molars located in the back of its jaw. There are no known ancestors of the Chalicotherium. Scientists believe that perhaps its horse-like snout indicates that it may be a distant relative of the present day horse.
The new coin is available in proof finish-only, contains 18 grams of silver, and is 900 fine, weighs 20 grams, with a diameter is 34 mm. The coin is encapsulated, comes with a certificate of authenticity and is packed a protective case with sleeve. The maximum mintage for each coin of this series is 50,000.
An excellent gateway to the world of prehistoric dinosaurs, with a beat-the-clock coin collecting dinosaur game, is the free augmented reality App for smartphones and tablets. Available with this coin series the App provides in-depth background information, as well as bringing the long-extinct dinos back to life with moving images. It’s a whole lot of fun. Please check our website or go directly to your respective app store and enter “Prehistoric” or “Austrian Mint”.
This time it is not only our coins that will make collectors’ hearts beat faster, but also our packaging. In addition to our specially designed black Classic Edition case, which contains a folder explaining the scientific know-how and background to the series, the Discoverer Edition (colored) provides a wealth of exciting surprises. The latter features even more scientific information, which makes our prehistoric giants really come alive. As a special extra it also comes with a poster and fluorescent sticker that glows in the dark.
Where to Buy
Collectors in the United States and Canada may purchase the “Cretaceous” coin for 75 to 80.00 USD, by contacting:
Apmex – toll free 1 1-800-375-9006, online www.APMEX.com
Downies – toll free at 1 877 897 7696, online www.downies.com