Eagle Harpagornis Moorei

Gabon 2013 1000 Francs Eagle Harpagornis Moorei Silver Coin

Haast’s Eagle (Harpagornis moorei) is an extinct species of eagle that once lived on the South Island of New Zealand, commonly accepted to be the Pouakai of Maori legend.[1] The species was the largest eagle known to have existed. Its prey is suspected to consist of moa. This eagle’s massive size may have been an evolutionary response to the size of its prey, as both would have been much smaller when they first came to the island, and would have grown larger over time due to lack of competition (see island gigantism). Haast’s Eagle became extinct around the year 1400, when its major food source, the moa, were hunted to virtual extinction by Maori, and much of its dense-forest habitat was cleared.

Key selling points

  • Animals from the past everyone knows
  • Colorful design
  • Low mintage
  • Interesting country of issue

Image gallery

Find below a gallery of all images & video available for this product. Please contact us if you require more material as we might have more available for marketing purposes. Download image library.



Article IDGA1301
Face Value1000 Francs
Weight20 g
Diameter38.61 mm
Mintage1000 pcs.
Scope of DeliveryCapsule, Box / Case, Certificate of Authenticity
Special FeaturesColoured

All coins in the Prehistoric Animals series

Find here a list of coins issued in the same series.