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The Czech Mint dedicated the seventh silver coin embellished with a patina from the cycle of Animal Champions to sloths which are the slowest mammals in the world. This record-breaking feature makes them almost invisible and protects them from predators.
The reputation of the sloths is not very flattering, but despite their name, they are not lazy at all - they are just careful. Birds of prey, which focus on their prey in the moment it begins to move, do not notice the slow creature merging with the forest at all. Sloths usually move at a speed of 0.2 km / h. It spends most of its life in the dense canopy of the tall trees in the South American rainforest, where it hangs head and back down. They hook the branch with long strong claws and sleep in the same position for 10 to 20 hours a day. Not only the movement of the sloths is slow, but also their digestion. They digest food up to fifty days, so they get all the necessary nutrients. They move their bowels once a week or a month.
The reverse side of the coin was processed by the medal maker David Kružliak. It presents a view of a sloth hanging on a branch, which does not lack the characteristic "smile" on its face. The composition of the reverse side is supplemented with the Latin name of the mammalian suborder FOLIVORA. The composition of the obverse side, which is common to the whole cycle, presents a pair of natural scenery and 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 Queen Elizabeth II, the nominal value of 1 DOLLAR (NZD) and the year of the issue 2020.
A narrative packaging, which takes the form of a folder with a cover, is an integral part of the coin. You will find photographs and Czech-English text describing the record-breaking properties of sloths there. Don't forget that you can store coins from the Animal Champions cycle in a practical collector's box.
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