Last week, Portugal’s central bank (Banco de Portugal) introduced a €5 cupro-nickel alloy coin featuring the Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) into circulation.
The coin is the latest offering in the bank’s “Endangered species” series. Its obverse depicts a lynx resting on a rocky massif, which is its main habitat. The Portuguese coat of arms and the coin’s face value are engraved along the right side. Around the upper edge, the words “Portugal 2016” are engraved.
The coin’s reverse depicts a close shot of a lynx’s head across its entire surface. Along the top are the words “Lince Ibérico” (“Iberian Lynx” in Portuguese).
The coin has a weight of 10 grams; a diameter of 30 mm; and a mintage of 75,000 coins.