Papua New Guinea 50-TOEA

Ornithoptera paradisea

This birdwing butterfly design originally appeared on the 1-toea coin (KM#1 1975-2004) and features Ornithoptera paradisea, which is often called "the most desirable birdwing the world over." The brightly coloured males reach 135 mm in size, and good quality specimens sell for hundreds of dollars. Birdwing butterflies are actually three different genuses of butterfly with many different species.

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Thanks to Maria for gifting this beautiful coin to the Zoo.

30 mm
Nickel-clad steel
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