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10 Gulden 1997. Ijsvogel (The Common kingfisher), Netherlands

in Krause book Number: 99
Years of issue: 01.07.1997
Signatures: President: Arnout Henricus Elisabeth Maria Nout Wellink, Secretaris: Jaap Koning
Serie: 1989 - 1997 Issue
Specimen of: 01.07.1997
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 136 х 76
Printer: Joh. Enschede en Zonen, Haarlem

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10 Gulden 1997. Ijsvogel (The Common kingfisher)



Alcedo atthis watermark

The common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) also known as the Eurasian kingfisher, and river kingfisher, is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognized within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. It is resident in much of its range, but migrates from areas where rivers freeze in winter.

This sparrow-sized bird has the typical short-tailed, large-headed kingfisher profile; it has blue upperparts, orange underparts and a long bill. It feeds mainly on fish, caught by diving, and has special visual adaptations to enable it to see prey under water. The glossy white eggs are laid in a nest at the end of a burrow in a riverbank.


10 Gulden 1997. Ijsvogel (The Common kingfisher)

The central theme is 10.

The grid of ten rectangular blocks with a diamond shape over it and the value figure "10" in the color dark blue.

In the upper left corner is the combined image, with a reverse - The three-spined stickleback.

Gasterosteus aculeatus

The three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus, ned. stekelbaars) is a fish native to most inland coastal waters north of 30°N. It has long been a subject of scientific study for many reasons. It shows great morphological variation throughout its range, ideal for questions about evolution and population genetics. Most populations are anadromous (they live in seawater but breed in fresh or brackish water) and very tolerant of changes in salinity, a subject of interest to physiologists. It displays elaborate breeding behavior (defending a territory, building a nest, taking care of the eggs and fry) and it can be social (living in shoals outside the breeding season) making it a popular subject of enquiry in fish ethology and behavioral ecology. Its antipredator adaptations, host-parasite interactions, sensory physiology, reproductive physiology, and endocrinology have also been much studied. Facilitating these studies is the fact that the three-spined stickleback is easy to find in nature and easy to keep in aquaria.


10 Gulden 1997. Ijsvogel (The Common kingfisher)

Grid of ten rectangular blocks with circle segments and tube shapes in the color blue.


Designers: J.T.G Drupsteen.

Built into the paper fibers, in the ultraviolet, are yellow.