Silver Coin Animal Champions - Falcon stand
The Czech Mint has introduced the cycle Animal record holders together with a peregrine falcon on the third silver coin beautified with a patina. This bird of prey is the fastest animal in the world.
With the use of a circular rising in thermals, the falcon reaches high heights, from where it observes the action below. As soon as it sees the prey in the air, it folds its wings and goes into a dive that is characterized by a steep angle, a straight path, and high speed. Thanks to the aerodynamic shape of the predatory body, this speed exceeds 300 kilometers per hour. During the fall, the falcon increases its speed even further by rotating and uses only slight changes in wing position to maneuver. Once it reaches its prey, it stuns it with a violent blast and grabs it with the claws. If the prey survives, the falcon kills it with beak after falling to the ground. The predator would not survive a collision at such a speed if it hit the body of the prey directly. Therefore, it is primarily aimed at the wings. If the prey sits on the ground, the falcon tries to force it to take off. In addition to dive hunting, the falcon is able to attack even during normal flight - but it does not reach its extreme speed.
Medal maker David Kružliak dedicated the reverse side of the coin to the detail of the falcon head supplemented by the Latin name of the predator FALCO PEREGRINUS in the copy. The surface of each coin is embellished with a patina which emphasizes the details of the relief. The composition of the obverse side, which is common to all the coins of the cycle, consists of a pair of natural scenery and the necessary elements of the island of Niue, which provides the Czech Mint with a foreign license to issue its own commemorative coins. The elements are the name and the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the nominal value of 1 DOLLAR (NZD) and the year of the issue 2019.
The coin is stored in an spectacular packaging. You will find there photographs together with the Czech-English text that represents peregrine falcon´s performance.