The European Eel [2]

The European Eel (Anguilla anguilla)

Subject: Animals of the World
Face value: 2 pln
Alloy: (CuAl5Zn5Sn1) NG
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 8.15 g
Finish: standard
Mintage: 450000 pcs
On the edge: an inscription, NBP, repeated eight times, every second one inverted by 180 degrees, separated by stars
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2003-02-05
Issue price: 2 pln
An image of two eels. Below a semicircular inscription: THE EUROPEAN EEL / Anguilla Anguilla.

Designer: Ewa Tyc-Karpińska
An image of the Eagle as the State Emblem of the Republic of Poland. Under the Eagle a notation of the year of issue: 2003, below an inscription: ZŁ 2 ZŁ. On both sides of the Eagle's talon an image of the State flag. Upwards a semicircular inscription: RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA. Under the left talon of the Eagle, the Mint mark: m/w.

Designer: Ewa Tyc-Karpińska

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The European Eel

The eel is an ordinary and well known fish but its habits are quite unusual and mysterious. The European eel (Anguilla anguilla) is the only representative of the eel family (Anguillidae) in the eel-shaped (Anguili-formes) order to occur in Poland. Its close relatives, 15 other eel species, in the majority dwell in the warm seas. Among them there are such giants like morays and eel congers which length reaches 3 m and weight nearly 100 kg. Biologically, the closest to our European eel are two other inland species - the American eel (Anguilla rostrata) and the Japanese eel (Anguilla japonica). The last-mentioned is bred in Japan in pond-farms. There is not however any affinity with the electric eel which belongs to a completely different group of fishes.

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