3 Euro The Owl

3 Euro (The Owl) -  obverse3 Euro (The Owl) -  reverse

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Issuer Austria
Period Second Republic (1945-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2018
Value 3 Euro
3 EUR = USD 3.48
Currency Euro (2002-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 16 g
Diameter 34 mm
Thickness 2.3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 148670
Numista type number (https://numista.com)

Commemorative issue

Colorful Creatures - night active coins


Outlines of animals in center, value below.


Republic of Austria
3 Euro

Engraver: Helmut Andexlinger

Helmut Andexlinger (1973, Haslach an der Mühl, Upper Austria) is an Austrian engraver and coin designer.


Colorized image of an owl



Engraver: Anna Rastl




Vienna, Austria (1194-date)


Issued on 5 September 2018 without packaging in copper alloy with colorized luminescent owl.
Information from austrian mint:
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. The eighth coin in the Austrian Mint’s best-selling glow-in-the-dark Colourful Creatures series, The Owl is as distinctive as the magnificent bird itself.

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.

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