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great bustard - Red Book
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24.5 mm diameter, 13.5 g, 92.5% silver, flat edge
year 2006, circular inscription REPUBLICA MOLDOVA meaning "REPUBLIC OF MOLDAVIA" and the coat of arms of the Republic of Moldavia, in exergue denomination "10 LEI"
inside an inner linear circle a male great bustard, circular inscription CARTEA ROªIE (between two series of three stars with six rays each) DROPIE · OTIS TARDA meaning "RED BOOK GREAT BUSTARD" (the scientific name being written with cursive capital letters)

Issuing date: 1st of June 2006

Maximum mintage: 500 coins

The Red Book series comprises the following 10 lei silver coins (over to June 2018):

- wildcat and green woodpecker in 2001,

- black stork and European mink in 2003,

- pine marten in 2004,

- imperial eagle in 2005,

- great bustard in 2006,

- European ground squirrel in 2007 and

- white waterlily in 2008.

The series also comprises the following 50 lei coins:

- Eurasian spoonbill in 2011,

- otter and lady's slipper in 2012,

- mute swan and Coenagrion mercuriale damselfly in 2013,

- glossy ibis and the peony Paeonia peregrina in 2014,

- European pond turtle in 2015,

- red-breasted goose in 2016,

- Dianthus deltoides - maiden pink in 2018 (2017).

About the great bustard - Otis tarda

On the 10 lei 2006 silver coin a male great bustard is represented with breeding plumage, in the middle of the mating display, courting the female. The male turns arond the female, with the white neck bristles ruffled, with the wings away from the body (not touching the ground with the tip of the wings). The long feathers on the tail are scatter like a fan and the head is proudly drawn back. Popular, the male bustard is named metropolitan. (information taken from Ion Simionescu, Fauna României - Fauna of Romania)

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