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Armenia 2008 Endangered Species - Caucasus Boreal Owl 100 Dram Silver Proof with Color

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Collect and celebrate the endangered wildlife of Armenia with these extremely low mintage silver proofs!

Sold out at the Mint!The Boreal Owl of Armenia (Aegolius funereus caucasicus) is a species of small owl. It is commonly known as Tengmalm's Owl, having been named after Swedish naturalist Peter Gustaf Tengmalm. This diminutive bird eats mainly voles and other small mammals such as rodents, but birds, insects and other invertebrates are also on the menu. Like many owls, it is by and large nocturnal. It is distinguished by a head that is relatively large for its body size, with yellow eyes and a white facial disc, lending it a "surprised" appearance.

The Boreal OwlThe Caucasian Boreal Owl prefers to live either in dense forests or colder climes, which in Armenia means it prefers the upper elevations. Although not critically endangered over much of its European range, it is seen infrequently in Armenia, where its habitat is disappearing.

This is the tenth entry in the ongoing "Wild World of the Caucasus - Endangered Species of Armenia" coin program. Each coin features an animal that is on the Red Book of Armenia endangered or protected species list. This fact is well-illustrated on each coin by the two red lines that underscore the animal's names in Latin and Armenian.

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Investment Note
This coin has a total mintage of only 3,000, which is very low for such a reasonably-priced silver proof. Taking into account the large size (nearly 39 mm in diameter, or crown-sized), the animal theme featuring an endangered species, the colorization, and the beauty of the design, we feel that this is a great buy-and-hold for any numismatic portfolio. All previous entries in this series have shown significant (and in some cases, extremely dramatic) appreciation above the issue price.

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COAT OF ARMS OF ARMENIAA superbly realistic depiction of the endangered Armenian Boreal Owl, trying to spy its prey with its large eyes while gripping a branch with its talons. The scientific (Latin genus and species) name AEGOLIUS FUNEREUS CAUCASICUS appears above and the animal's Armenian name appears below, while the red stripes underscoring the names emphasize its endangered status.

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In the center, the national coat of arms of Armenia. The legend REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA in English and Armenian, as well as the date of issue and the denomination are also indicated.

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Each coin is encapsulated and is technically described as "Brilliant Uncirculated." However, the coins exhibit fully-mirrored fields and frosted cameo relief on the designs. We believe that these are therefore proof-finish commemoratives, struck with proof dies on specially-prepared proof planchets.

Country Armenia
Year of Issue 2008
Issuing Authority   Central Bank of Armenia
Minted By Mennica Polska, the Mint of Poland
Face Value 100 Dram
Weight 28.28 g
Diameter 38.61 mm
Mintage Limit 3,000
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .925 Fine (Sterling) Silver
Edge Plain
Packaging Encapsulated

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