Wisent [20]

Wisent (Bison bonasus)

Subject: Animals of the World
Face value: 20 pln
Alloy: 925/1000 Ag
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Weight: 28.28 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 35000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2013-10-24
Issue price: 140 pln
On the left and on the right, stylised images of three wisents against a stylised forest. At the bottom, from the centre to the right (anti-clockwise), a semi-circular inscription: ŻUBR – Bison bonasus (WISENT – Bison bonasus).

Designer: Dobrochna Surajewska
An image of the Eagle established as the state emblem of the Republic of Poland. Below the Eagle, the notation of the year of issue: 2013. Underneath, the inscription: ZŁ 20 ZŁ. Below, left and right, stylised images of the state flag of the Republic of Poland. Above, a semi-circular inscription: RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA. The Mint’s mark, MW, below the Eagle and on the right-hand side.

Designer: Ewa Tyc-Karpińska

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Wisent (Bison bonasus)

Wisent is the largest European terrestrial mammal, with the body weight reaching almost 1 tonne in males. The species lives in herds counting sometimes even over fifty individuals. Leaders of such herds are old, experienced females. Wisents feed upon ground flora of the forest, grasses and sedges growing at forest meadows, as well as tree leaves, twigs and bark. They have a very good sense of smell and hearing, but slightly weaker sight, may run with a speed of up to a few dozen kilometres per hour, and jump over obstacles up to 2 metres high. In a herd, wisents are not afraid of any predators, however weaker individuals or calves left behind the herd are likely to fall prey to wolves or bears.

The species was fairly common in forests of medieval Europe, ...

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