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2018 Austria €3 UNC Coin "Colorful Creatures: The Owl"

RSM Price: $29.95
Item Number: AT18BMBU4
  • Mint: Austrian Mint
  • Denomination: €3
  • Quality: UNC
  • Issue limit: 50,000
  • Alloy: Base Metal
  • Diameter: 34 mm
  • Weight: 16 grams
  • Design: Helmut Andexlinger
  • Box/Capsule: No/No
  • Certificate: No
 

Additional Information

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This is the eighth issue in a 12-coin series entitled “Colorful Creatures”.

Found on every continent except Antarctica, the owl is a mostly solitary and nocturnal bird of prey comprising 200 different species. Its eerie call, squat body and disproportionately large, staring eyes, which are forward-facing rather than on the side of its head, make the owl one of our most idiosyncratic and distinctive birds.

Few sights in nature are as other-worldly as a perched owl rotating its head as much as 270 degrees, enabling it to see behind without moving its torso. Although owls can stare, their eyes are immobile, so they compensate by turning their heads instead of moving their eyes. Owls can do this because they have 14 neck vertebrae whereas humans only have 7, which makes the bird’s neck more flexible. Eyesight is a particular characteristic of the owl that aids in nocturnal prey capture. It is the bird’s eerie nocturnal activity that no doubt leads to its reputation for being a harbinger of ill health and death in some cultures; a belief that is widespread even today. In Western cultures, the owl is generally associated with wisdom. In modern Japan, owls are regarded as lucky and are carried in the form of a talisman or charm.

The coin’s reverse features a colored, glow-in-the-dark representation of an owl in all its vibrant glory, while the obverse of all the 3 euro Colourful Creatures coins features a design comprising the silhouettes of all 12 animals in the series.

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