This beautiful 1 Oz Silver coin is the second release in the new “Night Animals” series and features one of the most beautiful nocturnal species - the Eagle Owl. The coin has a stunning relief thanks to the Smartminting technology, has a beautiful coloration, has a Black Proof quality and comes in a case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 499 pieces worldwide.!
The Eurasian eagle-owl (Bubo bubo) is a species of eagle-owl that resides in much of Eurasia. It is also called the European eagle-owl and in Europe, it is occasionally abbreviated to just eagle-owl. It is one of the largest species of owl, and females can grow to a total length of 75 cm (30 in), with a wingspan of 188 cm (6 ft 2 in), males being slightly smaller. This bird has distinctive ear tufts, with upper parts that are mottled with darker blackish colouring and tawny. The wings and tail are barred. The underparts are a variably hued buff, streaked with darker colour. The facial disc is poorly developed and the orange eyes are distinctive. Besides being one of the largest living species of owl, it is also one of the most widely distributed. The Eurasian eagle-owl is found in many habitats but is mostly a bird of mountain regions, coniferous forests, steppes and other relatively remote places. It is a mostly nocturnal predator, hunting for a range of different prey species, predominantly small mammals but also birds of varying sizes, reptiles, amphibians, fish, large insects and other assorted invertebrates. It typically breeds on cliff ledges, in gullies, among rocks or in other concealed locations. The nest is a scrape in which averages of two eggs are laid at intervals. These hatch at different times. The female incubates the eggs and broods the young, and the male provides food for her and when they hatch, for the nestlings as well. Continuing parental care for the young is provided by both adults for about five months. There are at least a dozen subspecies of Eurasian eagle-owl.
The reverse of the coin depicts a beautiful coloured Eagle Owl under the moonlight, surrounded by vegetation. On top of the reverse, the inscription: “NIGHT ANIMALS” – the name of the series. On the bottom, the inscriptions: “EAGLE OWL” – the name of the coin and “2018” – the year of issue. The obverse of the coin features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II under a beautiful moon, surrounded by stars and the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen, “COOK ISLANDS” – the issuing country and “5 DOLLARS” – the face value.
|Weight (g)||1 oz (31.1g)|
|Presentation case (box)||Yes|
|Special Features||Smartminting technology|
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