Wildlife in the Moonlight

Long-Eared Owl

SPECIFICATIONS
Country: Niue
Year of Issue: 2019
Face Value: 5 dollars
Metal: Ag .999
Weight: 62.2 g
Dimensions 45 mm
Quality: Antique finish
Mintage: 500 pcs
Features: Selective gilding, high relief
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DESCRIPTION

The long-eared owl or Asio otus, so named for its special ear tufts, is a species of owl which can be found in Europe, Asia, North America and some parts of Africa. These nocturnal birds often occur in forests, mostly coniferous, near open meadows. Thanks to a specific structure of their flight feathers, these owls can glide slowly and nearly inaudibly, which in combination with perfect hearing makes these birds excellent hunters.

The beautiful depiction of the owl in its natural habitat has been captured in a high relief design of this silver coin. The realistic effect of the night predator’s image is intensified by gilded full moon on the background.

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