2019 Niue $5 - Wildlife in the Moonlight: Long-Eared Owl - Mint XXI

  • Country: Niue
  • Queen: Elizabeth II (1952-Date)
  • Type: Non-Circulating Coin
  • Years: 2019
  • Mint: Mint XXI
  • Denomination: 5 NZD
  • Currency: New Zealand Dollar (1987-Date)
  • Composition: .999 Silver
  • Diameter: 45.0mm
  • Weight: 62.2g
  • Edge: Smooth
  • Mintage: 500
  • Condition: New - Mint Packaging
  • Obverse: Raphael Maklouf likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and also includes the country of issue, year of issue and face value
  • Reverse: A detailed image of a Long-Eared Owl sitting on a branch. In the background is the Gold gilded moon

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.

*Pictures are representative of the coin that you will receive, actual coin may differ slightly, and serial numbers will vary*


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