Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Wildlife in Need – Siberian Tiger 2012 1oz Silver Proof Coin - Perth Mint Australia



Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver

The coin is struck by The Perth Mint on behalf of Coin Club Australia from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.

Siberian Tiger Reverse Design

The coin’s reverse depicts a magnificent Siberian Tiger and cub in colour, set against a winter forest landscape.  The lower reverse comprises a struck design showing a pair of supporting hands.  The inscription WILDLIFE IN NEED – SIBERIAN TIGER is also incorporated into the design.

Tuvalu Legal Tender

Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2012 year-date.

Extremely Limited Mintage

No more than 5,000 of these coins will be released.

Numbered Certificate of Authenticity

The coin is issued with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Presentation Packaging

Each coin is housed in a display case with illustrated shipper.

The Siberian Tiger is considered among the largest of cats, and lives primarily in Eastern Russia and limited areas of China and North Korea.  This imposing animal is easily recognised by its magnificent striped coat, which is used as camouflage.  No two tigers will have the same patterning.

Females give birth to litters of two to six cubs, which they raise without the male mate.  Cubs cannot hunt until they are approximately 18 months old, and remain with their mothers for two to three years, after which, they disperse to find their own territory.

Sadly, poaching is still a threat to Siberian Tigers, as they are prized by trophy hunters and their body parts are still used in traditional Chinese medicine.  Increased logging, construction of roads, forest fires, and inadequate law enforcement, also continue to threaten the survival of this species.

Technical Specifications

Silver Content (Troy oz) 1
Monetary Denomination (TVD) 1
Fineness (% purity) 99.9
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 31.135
Maximum Diameter (mm) 40.60
Maximum Thickness (mm) 4.00    

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