LONG EARED HEDGEHOG Wildlife Protection Silver Coin 500 Togrog Mongolia 2012

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The Long-eared Hedgehog is represented by means of a sensational relief, its sweet eyes adorn two dark SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. It is a worthy successor of the Gulo-Gulo and Ural Owl and it is issued by the National Bank of Mongolia.

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Specifications
Country Mongolia
Year 2012
Face Value 500 Togrog
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 31.1 (1 oz)
Diameter (mm) 38.61
Quality Antique Finish
Mintage (pcs) 2.500
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) No
 
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Long-Eared Hedgehog
The long-eared hedgehog is one of about 25 species in the hedgehog family. Except for one distinctive characteristic, the long-eared hedgehog‘s build hardly differs from the European forest and field hedgehog. As the name already implies its ears are disproportionately long. On the one hand they serve as the animal’s heat regulation mechanism and on the other hand, they give the hedgehog a first-rate sense of hearing for hunting. Mostly it prefers chasing grasshoppers and bugs. It also feeds on small vertebrates and plants.
Long-eared hedgehogs live in dry areas such as deserts (e.g. the Gobi Desert in Mongolia) or steppes and in some regions they hibernate for up to three months. They are solely nocturnal animals and despite their small build of only 12 to 27 centimetres, are able to flee very fast and over great distances, namely up to nine kilometres per night.

 
Design

The coin obverse portrays a splendid long-eared hedgehog depicted with SWAROVSKI® ELEMENTS crystals for eyes, on bottom edge there is the legend "Endangered Wildlife" and on bottom the year of issue 2012. Issued by National Bank of Mongolia, on coin reverse the State Coat of Arms and the coin value, "500 Togrog".

 
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