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Scrub Hare & Great Zimbabwe Bird 5 Cents Zimbabwe Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Rabbit) (Bunny) (Easter Bunny)

Scrub Hare & Great Zimbabwe Bird 5 Cents Zimbabwe Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Rabbit) (Bunny) (Easter Bunny)

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Scrub Hare & Great Zimbabwe Bird 5 Cents Zimbabwe Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Rabbit) (Bunny) (Easter Bunny)

Reverse: Scrub hare (Lepus saxatilis) sitting left, denomination above.
Lettering: 5

Obverse: Soapstone Zimbabwe Bird statue facing left, below the name of the state and above the date
Lettering: ZIMBABWE

Issuer Zimbabwe
Period Republic (1980-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1980-1999
Value 5 Cents (0.05 ZWD)
Currency First Dollar (1980-2006)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 2.5 g
Diameter 17.0 mm
Thickness 1.38 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 3686
References KM# 2, Schön# 56

The scrub hare (Lepus saxatilis) is one of two subspecies of hares found in southern Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. Although it is listed as a least concern species, the population has been declining and is expected to decline by 20% over the next 100 years.

The scrub hare has a very distinct coloration. On the dorsal side of the hare, the fur is grizzled-gray with small black spots. The ventral side of the fur is all white. Scrub hares have a small, stubby tail with the topside being black and the underside being white. What makes "Lepus saxatilis" different from the other subspecies is the patch of red-brown fur it has behind its ears. They have long ears that are normally perched up that are gray, and together with its tail make it most visible when it is running from predators.


The stone-carved Zimbabwe Bird is the national emblem of Zimbabwe, appearing on the national flags and coats of arms of both Zimbabwe and Rhodesia, as well as on banknotes and coins (first on the Rhodesian pound and then on the Rhodesian dollar). It probably represents the bateleur eagle or the African fish eagle. The bird's design is derived from a number of soapstone sculptures found in the ruins of the ancient city of Great Zimbabwe.

It is now the definitive icon of Zimbabwe, with Matenga (2001) listing over 100 organisations which now incorporate the Bird in their logo.

The original carved birds are from the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe, which was built by ancestors of the Shona, starting in the 11th century and inhabited for over 300 years. The ruins, after which modern Zimbabwe was named, cover some 730 hectares (1,800 acres) and are the largest ancient stone construction in sub-Saharan Africa. Among its notable elements are the soapstone bird sculptures, about 40 centimetres (16 inches) tall and standing on columns more than 90 cm (3 ft) tall, which were originally installed on walls and monoliths within the city. They are unique to Great Zimbabwe; nothing like them has been discovered elsewhere.

Various explanations have been advanced to explain the symbolic meaning of the birds. One suggestion is that each bird was erected in turn to represent a new king, but this would have required improbably long reigns. More probably, the Zimbabwe birds represent sacred or totemic animals of the Shona – the bacheleur eagle (Shona: chapungu), which was held to be a messenger from Mwari (God) and the ancestors, or the fish eagle (hungwe) which it has been suggested was the original totem of the Shona.

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Perfect in every way. Thanks!

Perfect in every way. Thanks!

Jordan P
I was lucky to stumble across this Zimbabw...

I was lucky to stumble across this Zimbabwean coin, and luckier still to find a source for it here in the US. Though small, it's very well made and attractive. Promptly shipped, too.

Ember M
5 stars review from Ember

5 stars review from Ember

Ray Works
Back Once Again

I have bought these little coins several times now and will probably do so again soon. They are called "Scrub Hare" which doesn't do the little Rabbit or bunny any justice, they are quite good-looking little Rabbits. I share them with people I care about and tell them of an old tradition in Britain of speaking the words "Rabbit, Rabbit" upon waking on the very first day of each month to ensure good luck for the rest of the month. I text or message the words to everyone I have given a coin to each month and they respond back to me with the same. Does it work? I cannot confirm. Is it fun? Absolutely! Buy some and share with people you care about and find out for yourself. At the very least you let people you care about, know it once a month.

Ray W
Ordered them once again! This makes at lea...

Ordered them once again! This makes at least 4 times ordering at least 10 of the coins. The reason I keep ordering is the coins arrived earlier than expected and looked exactly like they do in the picture, and the measurements were exact as I need them to be.