First coin in the series "Prehistoric...
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. The series will run from 2014 to 2019: 4 coins (set) per year; total 6 sets (Europe, North America, South America, Australia, Africa and Asia). Luxury stylized Book-shaped set box will be included with this coin.
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Availability date: 01/30/2015
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 Perch - Perca fluviatilis
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 coin features a vivid depiction of a wild perch in its natural habitat, the latter embellished with a colored Swarovski crystal. The coin obverse depicts the Principat d'Andorra State Coat of Arms, the face value and the year 2014.