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This incredible 1 Oz Silver coin features the beautiful Snowy Owl, whose acute senses and secretive ways make it one of nature's most efficient snow hunters. The coin has a beautiful coloration, the Real Eye Effect, an Antique Finish quality and comes packaged in a lovely case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to only 500 pcs worldwide!
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Availability date: 08/04/2017
The snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) is a large, white owl of the typical owl family. Snowy owls are native to Arctic regions in North America and Eurasia. Males are almost all white, while females have more flecks of black plumage. Juvenile snowy owls have black feathers until they turn white. The snowy owl is a ground nester that predominantly hunts rodents. The snowy owl was one of the many bird species originally described by Linnaeus in the landmark 1758 10th edition of his Systema Naturae, where it was given the binomial name of Strix scandiaca. The genus name Bubo is Latin for the Eurasian eagle-owl and scandiaca is New Latin for Scandinavia. Until recently, the snowy owl was regarded as the sole member of a distinct genus, as Nyctea scandiaca, but mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data (Olsen et al. 2002) shows that it is very closely related to the horned owls in the genus Bubo. However, some authorities debate this classification, still preferring Nyctea.
The reverse of the coin depicts an incredible colored Snowy Owl with a Real Eyes Effect, which gives it a sharp and deep look. All around the reverse, the inscriptions: “1 oz AG 0.999” – the weight of the coin and the fineness of the Silver, “2016” – the year of issue, “SNOWY OWL” – the name of the coin. The obverse of the coin features the Burkina Faso Coat of Arms and the inscriptions: “REPUBLIQUE DU BURKINA FASO” – the issue country and “1000 FRANCS CFA” – the face value.