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Urbane and adaptable
A member of the wolf family, the fox is at home in habitats as varied as the edge of the Arctic and the deserts of North Africa. Even a common sight in cities the size of London during the hours of darkness, foxes have colonised many suburban areas and, too small to be a danger to humans, as settlements have spread, so has the fox. The ability of such a wild animal to live in relative harmony with humans shows the strength of our association with foxes and the affection that many of us have for them. This is one of the reasons why, unlike some of the other animals in our Wildlife in our Sights series, the fox is not an endangered species. That said, fashioned with precision and passion by our master engravers, the Fox is still guaranteed to delight coin collectors and animal lovers alike.
The red fox belongs to the wolf family and is a winner in every respect. It is at home in the most varied habitats – from the snows of Alaska to the deserts of North Africa. Due to its intelligence and adaptability, it is the world’s most geographically extended predator. It has learnt to outmanoeuvre lemmings in the Siberian tundra, steal chickens from farmers, and cross the road safely in urban areas. Foxes also have the ability to play dead in order to attract crows, which they then attack unexpectedly. The saying ‘as cunning as a fox’ therefore contains more than a grain of truth. And you’ll be just as cunning if you pre-order our beautifully finished gold coin before it goes on sale officially in 2016.
THE FANTASTICALLY FAMILIAR FOX
With their reputation for cunning, few animals play as prominent a role in popular culture and folklore as the fox. This is partly due to the fact that foxes live in closer proximity to humans than most other wild animals. So widespread is the Red fox that this member of the wolf family is not an endangered species.
With a maximum mintage of only 30,000, and containing half an ounce of gold, the beautifully finished fourth coin in our Wildlife in our Sights series is, however, far rarer.
At home in habitats as varied as the edge of the Arctic and the deserts of North Africa, foxes are even a common sight in cities the size of London during the hours of darkness. Foxes have colonised many suburban areas and as settlements have spread, so has the fox. The ability of such a wild animal to live in relative harmony with humans shows the strength of our association with foxes and the affection that many of us have for them. A masterful depiction of this most familiar of animals is shown in its natural habitat on both sides of this Proof quality coin, which is also exquisitely decorated with an ornate design that gives the series its distinctive rustic elegance.
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