St. Helena & Ascension 5-PENCE (KM3) St. Helena Plover
The Krause catalogue refers to the bird on this coin as a 'Rainpiper' but I can't find evidence that such a bird exists (even as a nickname for another species). The only other references on the web to Rainpiper or Rain Piper are probably quoting Krause.
The actual bird is the St. Helena plover, the critically endangered national bird of St. Helena. Plovers are wading birds, which explains their long legs. Those long legs also earned them the name "wirebird" locally.
This coin was minted in 1984 only.
Thanks to Maria for identifying the bird on this coin!
- Diameter: 23.6 mm
- Composition: Copper-Nickel
- CAT#: KM3