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Polar Bears Featured on Austrian 5 Euro Coin
By World Coin News
March 19, 2014

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The Austrian Mint will issue a coin April 9 to celebrate the new Polar bear enclosure at Schoenbrunn Zoo, scheduled to open in May.

The reverse was designed and engraved by the Mint’s Chief engraver, Thomas Pesendorfer. The foreground of the design shows a mother polar bear with her cub, along with a curious walrus taking in the scene.

To the right is a sailing ship of the late 19th century working its way through the ice flows of the polar cap. The icy landscape of the Arctic is seen in the background, along with a soaring Arctic bird in the clear sky. This side of the coin also includes the words “Abenteuer Arktis,” or Arctic Adventure, as well as the year of issue 2014.

The obverse of the nine-sided coin is the standard 5 euro design, with the denomination encircled by the shields of the nine federal provinces of Austria. In the center is the face value of 5 euros. Mint engraver Helmut Andexlinger designed the obverse.

The Schoenbrunn Zoo is the world’s oldest zoo founded in 1752. The zoo is an active institution involved in education, research and animal conservation. The famous zoo is located on the grounds of Schoenbrunn palace. The first elephant born in captivity of the world occurred at Schoenbrunn Zoo in 1906.

The 5 euro silver coin has a diameter of 28.5 mm, contains 8 grams of fine silver and has a fineness of 800. The silver coin is available in special uncirculated quality and will have a maximum mintage of 50,000. Each of these coins is vacuum-sealed in a colorful and informative blister pack.

Collectors in the United States and Canada may purchase the coin for $25 to $29.99 by contacting APMEX – 1-800-375-9006, online www.APMEX.com or Downies – 1 877 897 7696, online www.downies.com.



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