3 Euro The Crayfish


Issuer Austria
Period Second Republic (1945-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2019
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# 179150
Numista type number (https://numista.com)

Commemorative issue

Colorful Creatures - night active coins

Series: Colorful Creatures


All the animals of the series in miniature


Austrian Republic
3 Euro

Engraver: Andexlinger Helmut


The colorful and bright crayfish in its natural environment.



Engraver: Anna Rasti




Vienna, Austria (1194-date)


Three years since enthusiasts keen to get their hands on the much-coveted Colourful Creatures coins began queueing outside the Austrian Mint shop on the day of issue, the bestselling series is now drawing to a close in the shape of the Crayfish, the twelfth and final glow-in-the-dark coin in the series.

Freshwater relatives of the much bigger lobster, which they resemble closely, crayfish live only in unpolluted streams, river and lakes as they cannot tolerate contaminated water sources. For this reason, although once abundant throughout the continent, the European crayfish, also known as the noble crayfish, has seen its numbers dwindle. Moreover, it is susceptible to the crayfish plague carried by the invasive North American signal crayfish, so is listed as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List. A traditional food source, particularly in Scandinavia, the European crayfish is generally considered to be the finest edible crayfish. The Crayfish features all 12 animals in the Colourful Creatures series in silhouette on its obverse, while a colour-printed crayfish is shown on the coin’s glow-in-the-dark reverse. The first ever Austrian 3 euro coins, Colourful Creatures are legal tender in Austria.

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