Coin "Old World Swallowtail"

Махаон Старого Света

Name Old World Swallowtail
Presented by Mint of Poland
Nominal value 1 dollar (Niue Island)
Metal Silver 925°
Thickness 3,15
Mintage 5000
Production quality Proof, pad printing
Description of obverse and reverse Obverse: In the central part of the coin, a likeness of the Queen Elizabeth II. Below, the Mint’s mark: M/W. Around it the inscription: “ELIZABETH II 1 DOLLAR”. Along the rim of the coin, at the top, the inscription: “NIUE ISLAND 2011”. In the background, a stylized enlarged fragment of a butterfly wing. Reverse: In the central part of the coin a stylized likeness of the Old World Swallowtail against the flowers and the leaves of Daucus. On one of the leaves a likeness of the caterpillar. To the right the inscription: “PAPILIO MACHAON” (Latin name for the butterfly).
A brief annotation The Old World Swallowtail is one of the most beautiful and largest Polish diurnal butterflies. Due to its exceptional colors and shape, the butterfly is very much a desired object for collectors. It can be found throughout Europe, Asia and northern Africa. It is commonly called the swallowtail which is due to the shape of its wings with protruding tails. There are usually two broods of the butterfly. The former appears between April and mid-June, with the latter in July and August. They take nectar from wild plants, such as the red clover or the brown knapweed. The grown pupae are easy to spot, as they are usually found on inflorescences and are very colorful. They feed on common umbelliferae plants, such as wild carrot, dill, Selinum carvifolia, and others. The species also feeds on garden carrots. Due to modern developments of agriculture and collector activity, the butterfly has been placed on the “red list” of endangered and threatened animals in Poland.
Designer Dobrochna Tamara Surajewska
Producer Mint of Poland

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