Eritrea Laner Falcon 1996 $1 Copper-Nickel Coin Uncirculated
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"Preserve Planet Earth"
1996 $1 Copper-Nickel Commemorative Coin Uncirculated
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COIN HAS SUPERFICIAL NICKS AND SCRATCHES AND MAY HAVE SPOTTING, TONING, MINOR WORN FINISH, AND/OR OXIDATION RELATED TO AGE.
COIN YOU RECEIVE MAY VARY FROM THE ONE SHOWN IN PHOTO BUT WILL BE IN SAME GENERAL CONDITION.
PARDON REFLECTIONS IN PHOTO DUE TO COIN BEING HIGHLY REFLECTIVE -- YOU CAN SEE CAMERA LENS AND/OR FINGERS REFLECTED ON COIN.
The design on this coin features a laner falcon with the incription "PRESERVE PLANET EARTH" in the surround. The falcon is sitting on a rock with two younglings nearby. A falcon in flight is in the top left of the background.
The lanner falcon is a handsome and powerful bird of prey, with grey-brown to slaty upperparts, a creamy-white throat and underparts, sometimes with dark spots or striping, and a characteristic reddish-brown crown on the head, which helps to distinguish it from the smaller peregrine falcon. This medium-sized bird breeds in Africa, southeast Europe and just into Asia. It is mainly resident, but some birds disperse more widely after the breeding season.
The obverse of the coin carries an image of an Eritrea coastal scene including the beach, the Red Sea, a camel, a palm tree, and a sailboat.
The diameter of this finely struck and detailed coin is 38.60 mm and it weighs 28.20 gms.
This coin (38.60 mm in diamter) is much larger than both USA quarter (24.26 mm in diameter) and USA half dollar (30.61 mm in diameter).
Beautiful reeded edge.
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