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Austria šŸ‡¦šŸ‡¹ 2022 3ā‚¬ Microraptor gui CuNi Coin.

Original price was: €23,00.Current price is: €20,00.

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Like all animal groups, dinosaurs came in all shapes and sizes. Weighing just one kilogram and no larger than a chicken, Microraptor gui was the smallest of them all. Despite having wings and feathers, the subject of the tenth coin in the spectacularĀ SupersaursĀ series was not a bird, but rather a true dinosaur dating from the early cretaceous period some 120 million years ago.

We know this because numerous well preserved Microraptor fossil specimens have been found in lakebed deposits in China’s Liaoning province. Preserved in mud, the dinosaurā€™s remains were protected from oxygen and scavengers and thus provided palaeontologists with a rare and fascinating glimpse of prehistoric life. Even the dinosaurā€™s feathers were clearly visible, forming a fringe around the skull, along the neck before merging into long wing feathers. The elongated long tail also culminated in a fan of feathers, two of which were particularly long. Microraptor gui is also one of the few dinosaurs of which the colour of the feathers can be gauged. Although it was not a bird, the Microraptor does, however, provide important evidence about the evolutionary relationship betweenĀ birdsĀ and early dinosaurs.

On the right of the coinā€™s reverse, a colour-printed Microraptor gui is shown in a forest landscape, clawing at a tree trunk; on the left, a flying Microraptor chases a dragonfly. The coinā€™s obverseĀ features all 12 prehistoric animals in theĀ SupersaursĀ seriesĀ in silhouette. All of the 3 euro coins in the seriesĀ are legal tender in Austria.

Annotation: The images displayed are iconic photos.

Country

Quality

Uncirculated

Series

Supersaurs

Face Value

3 Euro

Diameter

34.00 mm

Alloy

Copper alloy

Total Weight

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