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Ever Considered Owls?

TMupdown.gifOwls on Coins Remain Popular

If you are involved in animal coin collecting, then you know that Owls have always been one of the more popular design choices. From ancient to modern issue Owls have always been used in attractive coin designs to represent strength and wisedom. Even more common circulating coins which bear Owl designs ususally go up in value over time. There is always demand for Owl coins.

finland owl.jpgThe Finland Owl coin which celebratfinland harp.jpges the 350th Anniversary of the University of Helsinki went up in value this year from $60 to $90 in BU on NumisMaster. It’s a lovely traditional design by Raimo Heino with an Owl on the obverse and a Harp on the reverse. Struck in silver, denominated at 100 Markkaa and cataloged as KM#68, this coin has always had a strong following.

South Africa 4.jpgA few years ago, South Africa struck a pair of Owl coins with a less-traditional perspective. Cataloged as KM#283 and KM#284 in the Standard Catalog of World Coins 2001-Date, these Owls offer a unique sense of the Owls life in the wild. The 2 Rand is struck in proof with one ounce of silver.This type shows a close-up of the Verreaux’s Eagle Owl’s face. Released in 2004 with a mintage of 3,000 this coin has moved up in value from $45 to $60 over the last year.

It’s counterpart is a small silver coin, also struck in 2004 to proof standards. Denominated at 2 1/2 cents, but not used for circulation, thisSouth Africa 2.jpg type sports a Pearl Spotted Owlet on a tree branch. Currently it is holding it’s value at $25, though it’s mintage of 2,000 is too small to maintain at that level indefinitely.

Al Beck of the Coin Lode, a specialist in animal coins, tells me that the 2 1/2 cent Pearl Spotted Owlet coin has come to him in two different types of packaging. Some were held in a knotted leather pouch, while others were contained in a sonic sealed capsule. Either way, it has been a popluar type for which Beck has seen continued demand.


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2 Responses to Ever Considered Owls?

  1. Koichi Ito says:

    Owls has been on coins since days of Ancient Greece. First Owls appeared on Silver Dracham in Athens. Since then many countries put owls on coins.

  2. tom says:

    Yes, Owls provide an expansive thematic collecting opportunity!

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