The Austrian Mint has now released the second coin their glow in the dark, Colourful Creatures series of three Euro coins.
The first coin in the series was launched late in 2016 and rather aptly featured the nocturnal Bat. The second coin in what has turned out to be a remarkably popular series for the Austrian Mint depicts the Tiger.
Although tigers have no natural predators, man has almost hunted them to extinction over the past two centuries. The big cats once roamed all over Asia, from Turkey in the west to the coast of Siberia in the east, but their range has since been reduced by 93 per cent. The tiger’s impressive coat has been the cause of its downfall. Fortunately, however, its beauty is also the reason why the movement to protect this endangered species has gathered such moment in recent decades.
The reverse of this coin features a colourized tiger sitting upright in the foreground. This is set against the sculpted backdrop of the jungle that the tiger calls home. The word “TIGER” and “2017” appear to the bottom of the coin. The coin has been treated with a glow in the dark finish that illuminated the tiger's silhouette and trademark striped fur.
The obverse of the coin in turn depicts the common series design. The words “REPUBLIK OSTERREICH” and “3 EURO” appear along the rim. The legend encircles frosted silhouettes of the twelve animals that are set to feature on the series.
Interestingly these are the first ever €3 coins that the Austrian Mint have ever produced. The coins measure 34mm(inch) and are minted from cupro-nickel(75/25). A total mintage of 50 000 coins have been struck. In addition to the coins themselves the Austrian Mint is also selling a special series collector album to house the 12 coin series. The album takes the form of a book that has information about all of the animals featured on the coins.
The album itself is being sold for €15.40(US$16) each. The coin was released by the Austrian Mint for €9.90(US$10.50) each, the same price as the Bat coin, but that won't count for much as the coin is already sold out at the mint. So if this is a coin you want to add to your collection, then a trusted coin dealer will have to be your solution for obtaining one.