- Mintage Limit - 5000
- Wildlife in Need Black Rhinoceros
- Coin in capsule+with Certificate of Authenticity + BOX
The Black Rhinoceros is characterised by its sizeable frame and distinctive horns. This magnificent species is thought to have poor sight, but a good sense of smell and hearing, and is believed to live between 40 to 50 years of age.
Over time, the poaching of the animal for its horns has escalated and remains the creature’s greatest threat. The Black Rhinoceros is classified as critically endangered, and one subspecies, the Western Black Rhinoceros, was declared extinct by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in 2011.
Political instability and wars have also severely hampered rhinoceros conservation work in Africa. This situation has exacerbated the trade in rhino horn and increased incidents of poverty-induced poaching. Habitat loss and changes have also contributed to the population’s decline. It is now more important than ever to safeguard the future of this unique species.
The coin’s reverse features an adult Black Rhinoceros and calf in colour, against an African savannah backdrop. The lower reverse comprises a struck design showing a pair of supporting hands. The inscription WILDLIFE IN NEED – BLACK RHINOCEROS is also incorporated into the design.
The Perth Mint of Australia employs its own proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The vibrant hues and precise execution of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.
A full color portrait of a family of polar bears - mother, father and baby cub, in front of the exquisitely colored Northern Lights. The hands supporting these endangered animals symbolize the human support that will be necessary for them to survive. The legends WILDLIFE IN NEED denote the theme, while the legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend QUEEN ELIZABETH II and denomination also appear.
The coin is encapsulated inside a black leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.