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POLAR BEAR Wildlife Conservation Silver Coin Prism 5$ Cook Islands 2013


The new prism series focuses on species conservation. A typical animal from the North Pole, one from the South Pole and one that swims through all global oceans. Enjoy the play of this contrasting design with the colourful animals in prism technique! It belongs to "Wildlife Conservation" series which is composed by three coins: Polar Bear, Humpback Whale and Penguin.

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Polar Bear
The Polar Bear is easily recognised by its distinctive shape, from its round posterior to its pointed black nose.
Although the bear’s fur looks white, each hair shaft is actually pigment-free and transparent with a hollow core that scatters and reflects visible light, much like what happens with ice and snow. The main threat to the Polar Bear is the loss of habitat caused by ice loss as a result of climate change. Other threats include pollution, poaching, industrial developments and unregulated hunting.
In May 2008, the United States Department of the Interior listed the Polar Bear as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act, while Canada and Russia list the Polar Bear as a Species of Concern.

Humpback Whale
The humpback whale is one of the largest mammals in the sea. These whales migrate up to 25,000 kilometers each year to tropical or sub-tropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter. There are around 80,000 humpback whales worldwide. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, humpbacks are now sought out by whale-watchers, particularly in the south pacific.
Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales range in length from 12—16 meters and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms. They possess a distinctive body shape that is reflected in their name which describes the motion they make as they arch their back out of the water in preparation for a dive.

Penguins are birds that have adapted very well to life in the water. Their wing bones are flipper-like and, while useless for flying, are extremely well-suited to swimming.
The fairy penguin is the smallest of the penguin species at 16 inches tall. It weighs about 2.2 pounds. The largest penguin species is the emperor penguin, which is about 3.7 feet tall and weighs between 60 and 90 pounds.
Penguins can spend up to 75% of their lives in the water. They do all of their hunting in the water. Their prey can be found within 60 feet of the surface, so penguins have no need to swim in deep water. They catch prey in their beaks and swallow them whole as they swim.
Penguin populations have decreased by nearly 80 percent in some areas, and the majority of scientists agree that rising temperature due to climate change is the primary culprit. In addition to global warming and natural predation, pollution and human hunting for food and illegal egg harvesting.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2013
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)20
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
On coin reverse a multi-color prismatic images of a polar bear with his baby. Above the inscription "WILDLIFE CONSERVATION" and "Protecting Our Natural Heritage for Tomorrow". The adult animal is illustrated in prism technique, whereas the cub is minted in relief. In combination with the outlined background and the inverted lines a very special series has been created. The coin’s obverse depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.