Austria – 3 Euro, Ornithomimus velox, 2022

Issue year: 2022
Face Value: 3 Euro
Quality: BU
Metal: Copper-Nickel
Diameter: 34 mm
Mintage: 65.000

The coin dedicated to Ornithomimus velox is the last coin of Supersaurs series. Ornithomimus velox bore some resemblance to the ostrich, albeit with a long tail and arms instead of wings. The dinosaur even had a toothless jaw that tapered into a beak. Weighing around 150 kilograms and measuring 4 metres from its beak to the tip of its long tail, Ornithomimus had lower legs that were significantly longer than its thighs, and elongated metatarsal bones, both typical characteristics of a fast runner. Computer models have calculated that Ornithomimus had a top speed of 60 to 80 kilometres per hour, but its powerful hind claws suggest that it was capable of defending itself and did not just use its speed to evade attack.