Second coin of the worldwide...
This beautiful Silver coin is the first issue of the new “Brave Animals” series and features the Honey Badger, a mammal that belongs to the family of weasels. The coin is minted in Antique Finish, high relief and features two Swarovski elements representing the animal’s eyes. Limited mintage to only 400 pcs worldwide.
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Availability date: 06/24/2016
Mellivora capensis is the species’ formal name, but you can go ahead and judge a honey badger by its common name. These little monsters love the sweet stuff. “The Cape” is The Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, where many reside (they also call the Middle East and India home). Another one of their names is ratel, which is an Afrikaans word that might be derived from the Dutch word for honeycomb, raat. Aside from their physical similarities, the honey badger also boasts a dangerous gland at the base of its tail containing a stinky liquid. Generally, it’s just used to mark territory, but should the animal find itself in distress, its biological kneejerk is to release a stink bomb—different, but just as rotten as its sister scent-leaver. Using their long claws, honey badgers dig burrows to rest in, sometimes on a daily basis. They’ll do it anywhere—in the ground, in a tree trunk, or even into an old termite mound. If needed, they can dig themselves a hiding hole in a matter of minutes and use their natural excavation skills to capture prey underground.
The coin reverse portrays the Honey Badger depicted with Swarovski crystals for eyes, impressive details for the fur and a precise minting. All around there are the inscriptions: "Honey Badger" - the name of the coin and “Mellivora Capensis” – the latin name of the animal. The obverse of the coin depicts the natural habitat of the animal, the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the issue country: “Niue”, the face value: “2 Dollars”, the name of the series: “Brave Animals” and issue year: “2015”.