Atlas of Wildlife: Europe 4 coins set 2014
The Atlas of Wildlife Series
The large collection starts with the set featuring European animals. Presented in a luxury box, the “Atlas of Wildlife: Europe” consists of four coins in total – Wild Boar, Perch, Pond Turtle and Wood Grouse – to be released soon in 2014. The complete collection will comprise 6 sets – one per year, each dedicated to a certain part of the world: Europe, North America, South America, Australia, Africa and Asia. Together with antique finish, the superb quality of minting and a stylized book-shaped box make these silver pieces simply amazing!
Schedule release of collection “ATLAS of WILDLIFE”
2014 Europe (4 coins)
2015 North America (4 coins)
2016 South America (4 coins)
2017 Australia (4 coins)
2018 Africa (4 coins)
2019 Asia (4 coins)
The Wild Boar
The Wild Boar with a Swarovski crystal is the first coin of the Atlas of Wildlife Europe Edition, a new series of 1 oz silver coins dedicated to amazing animals of our planet.
Wild boar or wild pig (Sus scrofa) is a species of the pig genus Sus, part of the biological family Suidae. The species includes many subspecies. It is the wild ancestor of the domestic pig, an animal with which it freely hybridises. Wild boar are native across much of Northern and Central Europe, the Mediterranean region (including North Africa’s Atlas Mountains) and much of Asia, including Japan and as far south as Indonesia. Populations have also been artificially introduced in some parts of the world, most notably the Americas and Australasia, where they are regarded as both an important food resource and an environmental threat. Elsewhere, such as England, populations have reestablished themselves after escapes of wild boar from captivity in areas where they had previously been extirpated.
The Perch – Perca fluviatilis
The Wild Perch with a Swarovski crystal is the second coin of the Atlas of Wildlife Europe Edition, a new series of 1 oz silver coins dedicated to amazing animals of our planet.
Perca fluviatilis, commonly known as the European perch, perch, redfin perch or English perch, is a predatory species of perch found in Europe and northern Asia. The species is a popular quarry for anglers, and has been widely introduced beyond its native area, into Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. They have caused substantial damage to native fish populations in Australia and have been proclaimed a noxious species in New South Wales.
European perch are greenish with red pelvic, anal and caudal fins. They have five to nine dark vertical bars on their sides.
European perch can vary greatly in size between bodies of water. They can live for up to 22 years, and older perch are often much larger than average; the maximum recorded length is 60 cm (24 in). The British record is 2.8 kg (6 lb 2 oz), but they grow larger in mainland Europe than in Britain. As at Aug 2012, the official all tackle world record, as recognised by the International Game Fish Association stands at 2.9 kg (6 lb 6 oz) for a Finnish fish. In January 2010 a perch with a weight of 3.75 kg (8 lb 4 oz) has been caught in the River Meuse, Netherlands. Due to the low salinity levels of the Baltic Sea, especially around the Finnish archipelago and Bothnian Sea, many freshwater fish live and thrive there. Perch especially are in abundance and grow to a considerable size due to the diet of Baltic herring.
The perch spawns (in the Northern Hemisphere) at the end of April or beginning of May, depositing the eggs upon water plants, or the branches of trees or shrubs that have become immersed in the water; it does not come into condition again until July. The eggs have been known to stick to the legs of wading birds and then transferred to other waters where the birds visit.
The European Pond Turtle
The Pond Turtle with a Swarovski crystal is the third coin of the Atlas of Wildlife Europe Edition, a new series of 1 oz silver coins dedicated to amazing animals of our planet.
The European pond turtle, also called the European pond terrapin, is a long-living freshwater species of turtle. It is found in southern and central Europe, West Asia and North Africa. In the early post-glacial period, the pond turtle had a much wider distribution, being found as far north as southern Sweden. Emys orbicularis turtles prefer to live in wetlands surrounded by a large proportion of natural, wooded, landscape. Specimens of Emys orbicularis are also found in upland environments for feeding. Emys orbicularis is usually considered semi-aquatic, as their terrestrial movements can span 1000 meters, and occasionally found traveling up to 4000 meters, away from the water.
The European Wood Grouse
The Wood Grouse with a Swarovski crystal is the fourth coin of the Atlas of Wildlife Europe Edition, a new series of 1 oz silver coins dedicated to amazing animals of our planet.
The western capercaillie, also known as the wood grouse, heather cock or capercaillie, is the largest member of the grouse family. The largest known specimen, recorded in captivity, had a weight of 7.2 kg (15.9 lbs). Found across Europe and Asia, it is renowned for its mating display. Male and female western capercaillie—the cocks and the hens—can easily be differentiated by their size and colouration. The male bird (or cock) is much bigger than the female (or hen). It is one of the most sexual dimorphic in size of living bird species, dimorphism only exceed by the larger types of bustards and a select few members of the pheasant family. Cocks typically range from 74 to 85 cm (29 to 35 in) in length with wingspan of 90 to 125 cm (34–49 in) and an average weight of 4.1 kg (9.0 lb). The largest wild cocks can attain a length of 100 cm (39 in) and weight of 6.7 kg (15 lb). The largest specimen ever recorded in captivity had a weight of 7.2 kg. (15.9 lbs). The weight range of 75 wild cocks was found to range from 3.6 to 5.05 kg (7.9 to 11.1 lb). The body feathers are coloured dark grey to dark brown, while the breast feathers are dark metallic green.