Niue – 2019 – 5 Dollars – Long-Eared Owl Wildlife in Moonlight
|Year of Issue||2019|
|Face Value||5 Dollars|
|Scope of Delivery||Box
|Special features||Partial gilding|
The long-eared owl or Asio otus, so named for its special ear tufts, is a species
of owl which can be found in Europe, Asia, North America and some parts of
Africa. These nocturnal birds often occur in forests, mostly coniferous, near
open meadows. Thanks to a specific structure of their flight feathers, these
owls can glide slowly and nearly inaudibly, which in combination with perfect
hearing makes these birds excellent hunters.
The beautiful depiction of the owl in its natural habitat has been captured in a
high relief design of this silver coin. The realistic effect of the night predator’s
image is intensified by some gilded details: the eyes of the bird and the full
moon on the background.