Sometimes it’s the small coincidences that make the biggest impact, and here at ModernCoinMart (MCM) we experienced that last week. We debuted our much-anticipated, second coin of our exclusive Florida Native Series—a Florida Panther. Then, on that same day, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released a rehabilitated Florida Panther back into the wild.
According to Bradenton Herald, the 2-year-old cat had suffered a broken leg after being struck by a driver last April in Polk County. The driver quickly called authorities after hitting the animal, which is what led to the successful recovery of the panther.
After sedating and stabilizing the cat, it was transported to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida for treatment. A team operated on the animal, implanting two stabilizing plates to help heal it's broken left femur. A second surgery was then performed to insert the third plate.
“We are pleased this panther is now healthy and ready to be back in the wild,” said Darrell Land, FWC panther team leader. “This would not have been possible without the quick call to authorities by the driver whose vehicle struck the panther.”
Florida Panthers are one of the most endangered animals left on Earth with only 100-160 adults remaining in the wild. This was the inspiration for this particular coin. The series, created by Chuck Daughtrey, was inspired by Florida’s unique wildlife.
“The underlying reason why I wanted to issue this particular series of coins is to outline the fact that Florida’s wildlife is so different from the rest of the country. I’ve lived in many places in this country and Florida is so unique, so diverse and so different from everywhere else,” Daughtrey said.
In recognition of the wildlife habitat of Southern Florida and the Florida United Numismatists organization, only 1,000 of these coins will be released worldwide. MCM is proud to be representing Florida’s wildlife and is pleased to hear that one more lucky Florida Panther can now live in the wild.
||Kelsey graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa with a B.A. in mass communications. She is new to the world of numismatics, but as the Marketing Specialist for MCM is dedicated to learning all there is to know.|