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UNESCO World Heritage – Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians

€10 silver collector coin

Banknotes and coins, UNESCO World Heritage – Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians
Banknotes and coins, UNESCO World Heritage – Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians

The primeval beech forests of the Carpathians are a cross-border habitat included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. They comprise ten separate sites: four in Slovakia and six in Ukraine. Those in Slovakia are the forest of Vihorlat, located in the Vihorlat Protected Landscape Area, and the forests of Havešová, Rožok, and Stužica, in the Poloniny National Park. The Carpathian primeval beech forests are a chain of enclaves of undisturbed forests and primeval forests constituting a beech gene bank of global importance. Some specimens have exceptionally thick trunks and the tallest stand at around 58 metres, a world record for beech trees. Their entry in the UNESCO World Heritage List was approved on 28 June 2007 by the World Heritage Committee. In 2011 five other sites in Germany were included in the entry, which was then named the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany.

  • Description of the coin

    The obverse side of the coin depicts a Eurasian lynx in the setting of a primeval beech forest. At the bottom is the coat of arms of the Slovak Republic, and to the left of it is the name of the country Slovensko above the year 2015. The denomination 10 EURO appears at the top.

    The reverse side shows dead trunks of European beech and silver fir trees, juxtaposed with another beech tree that has leaves and is bearing nuts. On the left side is the inscription SVETOVÉ PRÍRODNÉ DEDIČSTVO and KARPATSKÉ BUKOVÉ PRALESY. To the lower right is the mint mark of the Kremnica Mint and the stylized letters KL, the initials of the designer, Karol Ličko.

  • Coin details
    Designer:Karol Ličko
    Composition:.900 silver, .100 copper
    Weight:18 g
    Diameter:34 mm
    Producer:Kremnica Mint
    Engraver:Dalibor Schmidt
    Issuing volume:3,300 coins in brilliant uncirculated quality
    6,200 coins in proof quality
    Issuing date:23 March 2015