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The Czech Mint embellished the fifth silver coin from Animal Champions series with a patina and dedicated it to the African elephants. They are the largest terrestrial creatures in the world. They grow up to 4 meters in height, 9 meters in length and 7 tons in weight.
Although African elephants must always touch the ground with three limbs due to their weight, they are not clumsy - they move as fast as a human, swim very well and run at speeds of up to 40 kilometers per hour. Thanks to their record size, they have no natural enemy. Reproduction of these giants is also record-breaking. The elephants have the longest pregnancy in contrast to other mammals. The baby elephant, born after 22 months, weighs 110 kilograms and, unlike its parents, can become a prey to lions, crocodiles and hyenas. The teeth mostly become the cause of death of adult elephants that do not have to face African predators. Old elephants often starve after losing their only four molars that they use to chew the food up. Or they become the prey of a human who longs for their tusks - two lenghtened teeth that serve as a tool and a weapon. The foolish human desire for ivory has inflicted the threat of extinction.
The reverse side of the coin was processed by the medal maker Petr Patka, DiS. It presents a front view of an elephant's head with record-large ears that serve for thermoregulation and can capture infrasounds, and a record-long trunk consisting of forty thousand muscles. The whole human body has only six hundred). The composition is supplemented with the latin name of the mammal LOXODONTA AFRICANA. The medal maker David Kružliak became the author of the obverse side which is common to all coins from the cycle. The composition of the obverse side presents a pair of natural sceneries, together with the attributes of the island of Niue, which provides the Czech Mint with a foreign license to issue its own commemorative coins. These are the profile and the name of the Queen Elizabeth II, the nominal value of 1 DOLLAR (NZD) and the year of the issue 2020.
The coin is stored in a spectacular packaging in the form of a pop-up book. It contains photographs and a czech-english text describing the record characteristics of African elephants. Remember that you can store coins from the Animal Champions cycle into a practical collector´s box(the first design of the box varies from the second one).
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