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Purple Emperor Next in Poland Butterfly Series
By Lisa Bellavin
August 21, 2013


The Purple Emperor will be the sixth coin featured in the Mint of Poland series “Butterflies.”

The Purple Emperor has shimmering blue wings and a wingspan of about 50 mm. The males are black and brown with dark sheen on the top, whereas females are black and brown. Due to this coloration, they blend perfectly with the background of trees while hanging on branches.

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Purple Emperors like moist places, so they eagerly fly down from trees to the banks of pools and streams. The species is found mostly in central Europe, but its range may extend as far as the southern part of the United Kingdom to the west and the Amur River to the east. Because of its lovely appearance, these butterflies at one time were frequently destroyed by collectors. Today the Purple Emperor is a rare species and increasingly difficult to observe in the wild.

The obverse of the coin shows the coat of arms of the Republic of Belarus, the face value of the coin and a stylized image of a fragment of magnified butterfly wings.

The reverse shows an image of the Purple Emperor butterfly against a plant in the background. At the bottom right side of the coin, there is the inscription “APATURA IRIS,” the name of the butterfly in Latin.

Other butterflies in the series include the Apollo, Large Blue, Scarce Copper, Old World Swallowtail and Goliath Birdwing.

Up to 8,000 pieces will be released worldwide and was set to be released at the beginning of September.

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