Palau – Barn Swallow – $1 – 2009 – Prism Technology – Proof Crown – The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is common worldwide. It spends its breeding season in the temperate zones of the northern hemisphere. For hibernation it flies thousands of miles to the south. The Barn Swallow distinguishes itself from other swallows by its eye-catching long outer tail feathers, its chestnut-brown throat and the brownish colored belly feathers. As the name already implies it prefers to build its nest in barns. The swallow is a springtime messenger that stands for good fortune and fertility. Tattoo artists depicted Barn Swallows to represent long voyages and happy homecomings. Total mintage on this prooflike coin was limited to 2,500 pieces worldwide.