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New Zealand 6 pence coin earrings Aotearoa Kiwi huia bird Maori Wellington jewelry Tiki wattlebird dangle & drop fish hook wires e000047

  • $31.95

New Zealand 6 pence FEATURING front: A huia (extinct bird) perched on a branch The huia was the largest species of New Zealand wattlebird, endemic to the North Island of New Zealand. Its extinction in the early 20th century had two primary causes. The first was rampant overhunting to procure huia skins for mounted specimens, which were in worldwide demand by museums and wealthy private collectors. Huia were also hunted to obtain their long, striking tail feathers for locally fashionable hat decorations. The second major cause of extinction was the widespread deforestation of the lowlands of the North Island by European settlers to create pasture for agriculture. Most of these forests were ancient, ecologically complex primary forests, and huia were unable to survive in regenerating secondary forests. The last confirmed sighting of a huia was on 28 December 1907 in the Tararua Ranges...very sad :( • quantity 2 {pair} • demonetized {no longer in circulation} polished Copper-nickel coin • diameter: 19.3 mm • weight: 2.83 g Ear wires SILVER COLOR • Style: fishhook earrings with 3mm ball and coil • Metal: surgical steel for sensitive ears (plain with no finish) • Length: 20 mm top to bottom of open loop in front • Gauge: 21 gauge • rubber stoppers included