With the commemorative coin "Hare" the Federal Mint Swissmint has issued on 23 January 2020 the second motif in the three-part "Swiss forest animals" series.
The European hare (Lepus europaeus) is a mammal from the Leporidae family. Its original habitat is Europe and Asia, but it has been introduced into many different areas, and can now be found in Australia, New Zealand, and North and South America. This shy and mostly nocturnal loner prefers warm, dry and open areas. During the day, it hides in a depression in the ground called a "form". If threatened, it nestles down into the form, where it is perfectly camouflaged thanks to the colour of its fur. It only flees at the last minute, and is an excellent sprinter with a sophisticated technique. Over short distances, it can reach speeds of up to 70km/h and can leap to heights of up to 2m.
Mature European hares are between 40 and 70cm long and weigh 2–6kg. Their fur is brownish grey on the back and creamy white on the underside. Their ears are pale grey with black tips. Their tail, or scut, is black on top and white underneath. Hares are herbivores, and their diet includes grasses, herbs, roots and tubers. In winter, they will also nibble on tree bark, buds and twigs.
Sources: www.wikipedia.org, www.geo.de
The new 10-franc bimetallic coin designed by graphic artist and designer Naomi Andrea Giewald from Eastern Switzerland, is available in the qualities 'uncirculated' and 'proof' in a presentation case at our online-shop or from selected coin dealers and banks.
Last update: 22.01.2020