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CAMPBELL HAMSTER Dwarf Wildlife Protection Silver Coin 500 Togrog Mongolia 2015


The sixth instalment of the award winning Wildlife Protection series issued by Mongolia shows the charming Campbell's dwarf hamster. The silver coin is traditionally minted in antique finish, high relief and features two dark Swarovski Elements representing the hamster’s eyes.


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Campbell's Hamster
Campbell's dwarf hamster (Phodopus campbelli) is a species of hamster in the genus Phodopus. It was given its common name by Oldfield Thomas in honour of W.C. Campbell, who collected the first specimen in Mongolia on July 1, 1902. It is distinguished from the closely related Djungarian hamster as it has smaller ears and no dark fur on its crown. Campbell's dwarf hamster typically has a narrow dorsal stripe compared to the Djungarian hamster and grey fur on the stomach.

In the wild, the breeding season for Campbell's dwarf hamster varies by location. For example, the breeding season begins towards the middle of April in Tuva and towards the end of April in Mongolia. However, in captivity, there is no fixed breeding season and they can breed frequently throughout the year. Females are usually sexually mature at two months of age and the gestation period is typically 20 days. Campbell's dwarf hamster is crepuscular, along with all species of Phodopus and is active throughout the year. Campbell's dwarf hamsters are omnivores, and so feed on both plant and insect material. Campbell's dwarf hamster inhabits burrows with four to six horizontal and vertical tunnels in the steppes and semi deserts of central Asia, the Altai mountains, autonomous areas of Tuva and the Hebei province in northeastern China.

This hamster is listed as of Least Concern by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It is native to China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russian Federation.

  • CountryMongolia
  • Year2015
  • Face Value500 Togrog
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)2.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The coin reverse portrays a Campbell's Hamster depicted with Swarovski crystals for eyes, all around there are the inscriptions "Endangered Wildlife", the latin name for the species and the year of issue 2015. Issued by National Bank of Mongolia, on coin obverse the country Coat of Arms and the coin value, "500 Togrog".