Five Diners 2010 Cantabria Brown Bear, Coin from Andorra - detailed information

Five Diners 2010 Cantabria Brown Bear, Coin from Andorra
CoinFive Diners 2010 Cantabria Brown Bear

This silver half-ounce Five Diners (5 D.) collector coin is dedicated to the wildlife in the Pyrenees and features a Cantabria Brown Bear.

The Cantabrian brown bear is a population of Eurasian brown bears (Ursus actos arctos) living in the Cantabrian Mountains of Spain. Females weigh, on average, 85k g but can reach a weight of 150 kg. Males average 115 kg though can weigh as much as 200 kg. The bear measures between 1.6 - 2 m in length and between 0.90 -1 m at shoulder height. In Spain, it is known as the Oso pardo cantábrico and, more locally, in Asturias as Osu. It is timid and will avoid human contact whenever possible. The Cantabrian brown bear can live for around 25-30 years in the wild.

Inscriptions on the coin are in the Catalan language. It was issued in proof grade only, in a capsule, boxed.

MintNumisCollect Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage1,450
Obverse
Andorra / Five Diners 2010 Cantabria Brown Bear - obverse photo

Surrounded by a plain rim, the obverse of the coin shows at its centre the Coat of Arms of the Principality of Andorra consisting of a shield divided quarterly by the arms of the Bishop of Urgell and the Count of Foix - who have historically been the two co-princes of Andorra - in addition to the emblems of Catalonia and the Viscount of Béarn.

The four traditional quarters are (clockwise from top left):
- that of the Bishopric of Urgell, represented by a mitre and a crosier (staff);
- that of Foix, with three vertical stripes;
- that of Béarn, represented by two cows with cow-bells around their necks, walking to left;
- that of Catalonia, with four vertical stripes.

The shield is surrounded by an "aureola". A scroll below it carries the Latin motto VIRTVS VNITA FORTIOR (in modern spelling: "Virtus Unita Fortior"), meaning "United virtue is stronger".

Around above, the inscription PRINCIPAT D' ANDORRA (Principality of Andorra).

Below, divided by the Coat of Arms, the value and denomination 5 D. (Five Diners).

Around below, the date of issue 2010.

Obverse Inscription PRINCIPAT D' ANDORRA 5 D. 2010
Reverse
Andorra / Five Diners 2010 Cantabria Brown Bear - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts a Cantabrian Brown Bear (Ursus actos arctos) facing the viewer.

Around left, the inscription FLORA I FAUNA DELS PIRINEUS (Flora and Fauna of the Pyrenees Mountains).

Around right, in handwriting script, ÓS BRU (brown bear).

Reverse Inscription FLORA I FAUNA DELS PIRINEUS ÓS BRU
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Five Diners 2010 Cantabria Brown Bear: Details
CountryAndorra
CurrencyDiner
Coin TypeFive Diners
Issued2010
Effigy or SymbolCoat of Arms of Andorra
Face Value5 (x Diner)
Total Mintage1,450
Mintage Limit3,000
CurrentNo
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size35.000 mm
Mass15.500 g
OCC IDPMVR-OAPC-AQLL-ENQG
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Five Diners 2010 Cantabria Brown Bear: Catalogue Reference IDs
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Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsKM# 315