Swiss Wildlife · Aquila chrysaetos (Golden Eagle)

Swiss Wildlife · Aquila chrysaetos (Golden Eagle)

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The King of the Skies is the only large predator in Switzerland to have survived the days of ruthless persecution during which the Bearded Vulture, the lynx, the wolf and the brown bear were exterminated. Meanwhile, the population of the Golden Eagle has recovered and is now almost saturated in the Alps.

At present, the Swiss Alps accommodate a vital and stable population of about 300 breeding pairs of golden eagle. However, losses of individuals through technical installations (e.g. casualties after collisions with transport cables and high-tension power lines) and losses of broods through human disturbances are ongoing. Therefore, additional losses through other causes of death need to be avoided. Moreover, lead poisoning is also a danger to other raptor species such as bearded vulture or red kite. The Swiss Golden Eagle reaches a wingspan of up to 2.2 metres.

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Niue
2016
2 Dollars
Ag.999, pure Silver
40.00 mm
1 oz = 31,1035 g
Antique finish – satined
only 999 coins
High relief minting (up to 2.0 mm)

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