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Austrian Mint Reveals Latest Glow-in-the-Dark Dinosaur Coin from Supersaurs Series

By Austrian Mint ……

3 Euro Deinonychus antirrhopus


Size isn’t everything, and Deinonychus antirrhopus is a case in point. The seventh entry in the superlative Supersaurs series of 3 euro glow-in-the-dark coins from the Austrian Mint may only have been three-and-a-half meters in length, but it was one of the most dangerous and intelligent dinosaurs to have ever walked the earth.

An inhabitant of what is now known as North America, Deinonychus lived some 110 million years ago. When moving nimbly around on two legs, it used its flexible tail to maintain its balance. Studded with numerous blade-like teeth with jagged edges, Deinonychus’s jaws very were much those of a carnivore. Despite containing a brain large enough to suggest a highly intelligent animal, its skull was relatively narrow. This enabled Deinonychus to see stereoscopically and to estimate distances precisely – an essential prerequisite for a successful predator.

But perhaps the most striking feature of Deinonychus was the large sickle-shaped claws on the second toe of its hind legs. The fossilized tracks of a Deinonychus show that these claws were splayed upwards and did not touch the ground during walking, all the better for fixing its prey to the ground with one leg while tearing it open with the claws on its long front legs.

Deinonychus features all 12 of the extreme prehistoric animals in the Supersaurs series in silhouette on its obverse, while a color-printed Deinonychus is shown in the company of a Xenoceratops on the coin’s glow-in-the-dark reverse. The 3 euro Supersaurs coins are legal tender in Austria.

SPECIFICATIONS: Face Value 3 Euro; Diameter 34 mm; Copper alloy; Weight 16 g; Mintage 65,000; Glow-in-the-Dark color print.

Austrian Mint
Austrian Mint
Internationally renowned for its know-how in precious metal processing and coin production, the Austrian Mint is a global player in the international minting industry and ranks among the world’s leading mints. With more than 800 years of coin-making experience, since 1988 the Austrian Mint has operated as a private company and is the sole manufacturer of coinage to the Austrian people.

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