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Silver coin Saker Falcon proof

Price (including VAT)
1,295 CZK
49 EUR
Stock state
Within 21 days
Code
75108-718

You get 51 ibods

Each year the Endangered Species series presents several species of the plant and animal kingdoms which are becoming increasingly harder to encounter when walking through the Czech countryside. The Czech Mint is commemorating these endangered species with its beautiful Smart coins and is also appealing to our sense of responsibility - the survival of these species is entirely in our hands. Let’s not let these silver coins soon become a sad reminder of another extinct creature! This new issue is dedicated to a truly imposing predator.

The Saker falcon ranges from Central Europe to Southeast Siberia, Northern Mongolia and China. In the Czech Republic however, this bird only nests in Moravia, although in the first half of the 20th century it was also found in Bohemia. Today the Czech population consists of only 8-10 pairs. The body of the bird is around 50 cm long with an impressive wingspan of 102-129 cm. It weighs approximately one kilogram.

Among the distinguishing features of the Saker falcon are the white crown on its head and brown bands on its neck. The abdomen and chest are also brown with streaking. Juveniles have blue-grey feet, while the feet of adults are bright yellow. The diet of the Saker falcon consists of small mammals and birds. After returning from its winter migration, it nests in the crowns of trees in deciduous or mixed forests or on cliffs. Females lay reddish-brown mottled eggs which typically hatch 3-5 fledglings after 30-31 days. This is the time when the falcons are most vulnerable. The primary threats facing this bird are disturbances during the nesting period, fallen nests, theft for breeding or the sale of young birds, and unfortunately also hunting.

The composition of the reverse of this silver Smart coin with nominal value of 1 NZD was prepared by academic sculptor Majka Wichnerová and features a relief motif of a perched Saker falcon in the foreground with a colored depiction of the predator in flight. The  obverse bears the attributes of the issuer and an excellent relief of a wild forest, which particularly stands out with the exceptional proof minting quality. Don’t miss out on adding another beautiful piece of nature to your numismatic collection.

Material
Silver
Weight
16 g
Fineness
999 / 1000
Diameter
34 mm
Quality
PROOF
Edge
Plain edge
Author of the obverse
ak. soch. Majka Wichnerová
Author of the reverse
ak. soch. Majka Wichnerová
Code
75108-718
Mintage
1000 pcs
Date of issue
February 2015
Packaging
Blister
Numbered issue
No
Certificate
No
Colored
Yes
Capsule
Yes
Issuer
Niue
Nominal value
1 NZD