100€  Gold – The Mallard – Wildlife series – Austrian MINT 2018

100€ Gold – The Mallard – Wildlife series – Austrian MINT 2018

Of the six animals featured in the Wildlife in our Sights series, the mallard is the only one that most of us are likely to see on a daily basis. As it is able to thrive in urban areas, the duck is a common sight in parks lakes, rivers and canals throughout Western Europe. But as the final coin in the series shows with brilliant clarity, the mallard’s ubiquity does not make it any less striking.

100€ Gold - The Mallard – Wildlife series - Austrian MINT 2018

100€  Gold – The Mallard – Wildlife series – Austrian MINT 2018

100€ Gold - The Mallard – Wildlife series - Austrian MINT 2018

Considered a species of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the mallard is a very adaptable species of dabbling duck. With a glossy bottle-green head and a white collar, the breeding male mallard (drake) is unmistakable. The female is predominantly mottled but both birds have distinct iridescent purple-blue feathers edged with white on the back of the wing.
Celebrating the diversity of Europe’s native wildlife and the sustainable management of the natural habitats in which it continues to thrive, Wildlife in our Sights is now drawing to a close.

100€ Gold - The Mallard – Wildlife series - Austrian MINT 2018

THE OVERVIEW


2013 – The Red Deer
2014 – The Wild Boar
2015 – The Capercaillie
2016 – The Fox
2017 – The Alpine Ibex
2018 – The Mallard


100€ Gold - The Mallard – Wildlife series - Austrian MINT 2018

All six of the 100 euro Proof quality coins in the series feature a masterful depiction of one of the continent’s most recognisable wild animals in its natural habitat, while the lower part of each coin is exquisitely decorated with an ornate design that gives the series its distinctive character. A swimming mallard drake features on the obverse of this last coin, a mallard family features on its reverse.

This beautifully finished gold coin goes also on sale officially on 3 October 2018.

 

Caracteristics


Struck in 986 fine gold, exclusively in Proof quality

with a maximum mintage of 30,000 pieces,

each coin comes in an attractive box with a numbered certificate of authenticity


 

Sources: Austrian Mint, NUMISMAG©

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