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  • 1 Lek 2008-2013, KM# 75a, Albania
  • 1 Lek 2008-2013, KM# 75a, Albania

2013 is similar to 2008 but it has a wider round border, different typography, flowers and number 1 are much closer to the edge.

Engraver: Kujtim Qami


Depicts Dalmatian pelican left, country name above, date below.

The Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) is the most massive member of the pelican family, and perhaps the world's largest freshwater bird, although rivaled in weight and length by the largest swans. They are elegant soaring birds, with wingspans that rival that of the great albatrosses, and their flocks fly in graceful synchrony. It is a short to medium distance migrant between breeding and overwintering areas.

As with other pelicans, the males are larger than the females, and likewise their diet is mainly fish. Their curly nape feathers, grey legs and silvery-white plumage are distinguishing features, and the wings appear solid grey in flight. The adults acquire a drabber plumage in winter, however, when they may be mistaken for great white pelicans. Their harsh vocalizations become more pronounced during the mating season. They breed from southeastern Europe to Russia, India and China in swamps and shallow lakes. They usually return to traditional breeding sites, where they are less social than other pelican species. Their nests are crude heaps of vegetation, which are placed on islands or on dense mats of vegetation.



Nominal value and with an oak and laurel branches in the form of a wreath.



1 Lek

KM# 75a
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Material Copper Plated Steel
Weight 3 g
Diameter 18.1 mm
Thickness 1.6 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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