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2015 Endangered Species - Mountain Gorilla 1 oz .999 Silver Coin

2015 Endangered Species - Mountain Gorilla 1 oz .999 Silver Coin

2015 Endangered Species - Mountain Gorilla 1 oz .999 Silver Coin
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Buy or sell 2015 Endangered Species - Mountain Gorilla 1 oz .999 Silver Coin at the best price online from LPM. Bulk & payment discounts apply!

This coin is the latest release in the Endangered Species coin series by New Zealand Mint.

Today, it is estimated that there are only 700 Mountain Gorillas, Gorilla beringei beringei, remaining on Earth. These live at altitudes of up to 4,000 m (13,100 ft) in the mountains of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. As humans have moved into the Gorillas territory, they have been pushed further up into the mountains for long periods, forcing them to endure deadly conditions.
 
In the forests, Gorillas will find shelter and food such as roots, fruit, and tree bark. They are usually found on the ground in communities of up to 30 individuals. These troops are highly organized under a dominant adult male, known as a Silverback, who will organise activities such as eating and moving about the home range. When challenged, the Silverback will give an impressive display of physical power, standing upright, throwing things, charging, and pounding his huge chest. Despite these displays, Gorillas are generally nonaggressive unless they are disturbed.
 
At birth a Mountain Gorilla will only weigh around 2 kg (4.5 lb). From an early age these infants will ride on their mothers back. Over the past century, Mountain Gorillas have endured decades of war, hunting, habitat destruction and disease. This bleak outlook has brightened in recent years due to conservation efforts which have seen an encouraging increase in population numbers.
 

Reverse Design

This relief engraved coin shows an endangered Mountain Gorilla looking out over its territory. This Silverback is mirrored in the finely engraved water.

Obverse Design

This features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

 

Packaging

The Endangered Species, Mountian Gorilla 1oz Silver coin comes packaged inside a crate-shaped inner coin case and printed outer packaging. 

 

Additional Info

Year 2015
Metal Content 1oz
Denomination $2
Purity 999
Condition Proof
Country Niue
Manufacturer New Zealand Mint
Mintage 2,000
Thickness (mm) 2.97
Series Endangered Species
Box & Certificate Yes

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