The Austrian Mint has made its Silver Niobium series even more innovative. Using two different shades of niobium for the first time, the blue/green 2014 Evolution edition ingeniously illustrates the story of the development of Homo sapiens from other species.

Since it was founded, Austrian Mint has united traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology and a tireless quest for innovation. By combining silver and niobium, Austrian Mint has developed an internationally recognized innovation. The colors arise through light refraction on an extremely thin, transparent oxide layer on the niobium metal. The niobium core of the 2014 coin has a greenish background and an aqua blue relief. The pioneering use of a two-stage minting procedure to achieve the two-color effect of its silver niobium coin “Evolution” was a major challenge, and maybe even more of a revolution than an evolution.

Each coin contains 9 g of 900 Fine Silver in its outer ring and 6.5 g of 998 pure niobium. Designed by Mag. Helmut Andexlinger, each piece is encapsulated, boxed and comes complete with a numbered certificate guaranteeing its authenticity.


Symbolizing the origin of Evolution as a whole, an image of the DNA molecule, also known as deoxyribonucleic acid, graces the coin’s obverse. A debate still continues about who exactly should be credited with decoding the molecule, but Francis Crick, James D. Watson and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their work in this field.

The design of the obverse includes as well three other symbols associated with science and medicine: a lab vial, a microscope and The Rod of Asclepius.

In Greek mythology, the Rod of Asclepius is a serpent-entwined rod wielded by the Greek god Asclepius, a deity associated with healing and medicine. The symbol has continued to be used in modern times, where it is associated with medicine and health care, yet frequently confused with the staff of the god Hermes, the caduceus.

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The coin’s reverse deals with the history of human development and the diversity of forms of life brought about by evolution. Helmut included a somewhat stylized DNA chain to enhance the overall complexity of the design on the reverse. The DNA chain represents life, represented by the rest of the design elements on the reverse. The brightly colored toucan captures life’s abundance in the air. The fish and frog represent life in the water and how life evolved into land-based creatures. The mushroom is also included because it is a very complex biological world all on its own, in addition to plants and animals. Air bubbles surround these elements representing the key role oxygen plays in life.

Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Silver
Center Niobium
Weight 16.5 g
Diameter 34 mm
Thickness 2.55 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Austrian Mint

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