February 11th, 2011

New from the Austrian Mint

The Austrian Mint will issue a 20 euro silver coin celebrating the life of explorer and Imperial Botanist Nicholas von Jacquin.  This coin is part of the European series, which includes eight countries that are issuing a coin this year as part of the “Europa Star” program. 

The obverse of the coin depicts a portrait of Jacquin in the upper left half of the design field, along with a carefully detailed depiction of the plant “iris variegata” one of his many discoveries, to the right.  Beneath the name of the botanist “Jacquin,” is the privy mark of the “Europa Star” program.  This side of the coin also depicts the country of issue “Republik Oesterreich”, Republic of Austria, the face value of 20 euros as well as the year of issue 2011.  

The reverse of the coin shows Jacquin on a tropical island in the Caribbean.  Large banana leaves, as well as a parrot are seen on left side of the design.  The tall-masted sailing ship can be seen at anchor in the background.  Jacquin is depicted writing notes on some of the many plant species he identified, some of which no longer exist today. 

The Europa Star Program is a co-operation between several member mints of the European Union, which have agreed to issue coins celebrating common aspects of European identity.

The Austrian coin in the “Europa Star” program for 2011 is 900 fine silver, contains 18 grams of pure silver and has a diameter of 34 mm.  Each coin is encapsulated and comes in a box with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity. 

Collectors in the United States and Canada may purchase the Jacquin for 67.00 USD each by calling Euro Collections International toll-free at 1-877-897-7696.  The coin may also be ordered online at http://www.eurocollections.com/.

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