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2015 - Austria 100 € The Capercaillie / Auerhahn - Proof

Producer:Austrian Mint
Catalogue number:ATZP2015AWAH
Denomination:100 EUR
Gold Fineness:Au 986/1000
Weight:16,22 g
Diameter:30 mm
Author/Designer:Thomas Pesendorfer / Mag. Helmut Andexlinger
Mintage (pcs):30000
Packaging:capsule, box, certificate
Date of Issue:28.10.2015
Our price:€ 1.249,60 inc. of VAT
Availability:on request

Gold coin The Capercaillie Cock

The largest member of the grouse family, the capercaillie is known for its spectacular courtship display during the mating season. Containing half an ounce of gold and minted to the very highest standards in Proof quality only, the third coin in the Austrian Mint’s Wildlife in our Sights series is equally spectacular.

Less widespread than the other animals in the series, the capercaillie lives in coniferous, mixed and deciduous woodland where it spends the night roosting in trees. The habitat of the capercaillie is disappearing and this most striking of birds is now extinct in a number of European countries. Austria is, however, one of the last countries where the capercaillie, though rare, still exists in relatively large numbers. The coin’s obverse shows the bird in its natural habitat, with its head held high and fan-like tail upright, performing its long and distinctive mating call. The male’s increased testosterone levels mean that it can be particularly aggressive during the mating season, but the coin’s reverse shows this large bird’s softer side as it nestles alongside its much smaller mate. The upland woodland in which the capercaillie dwells is represented in the shape of conifers and a rocky outcrop.

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