Alpine Treasures is a new three-coin gold series that both highlights the rare species of plants and animals native to the Austrian Alps and shows off the multifaceted nature of the country’s spectacular mountain landscape.
|Mint||Austrian Mint, Austria|
|Year of Issue||2020|
|Purity||986 / 1000|
|Face Value||EUR 50
|Fine Weight||7,78 g|
|Total Weight||7,89 g|
More than a third of all plant species recorded in Austria can be found in the Hohe Tauern, including half of all mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Among the park’s 3,500 plant species is a botanical rarity in the Eastern Alps, the endemic Alpenbreitschötchen, a member of the family of cruciferous vegetables. The special protection area on the Grossglockner is one of the few locations where the plant can be found in Austria. The coin’s obverse features different images of the Alpenbreitschötchen above the plant’s Latin name, Braya alpina.
Once a rarity itself, after almost disappearing in the 19th century, the golden eagle has also found a safe haven in the Hohe Tauern. The coin’s reverse shows a view of the national park in which a golden eagle can be seen soaring in front of the majestic Grossglockner. There is no more fitting a creature to feature on the first of three gold coins celebrating the alpine treasures of Austria.
|Tax||Based on Art. 118 and Art. 119 of Value Added Tax Act (ZDDV-1) bullion gold is exempted from VAT in Slovenia.|
|Preservation||PP: Proof coin struck using a special, high-quality minting process, and made especially for collectors. Modern proof coins often have mirror-like fields and frosted devices.|