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GREAT BARRIER REEF WWF World Wildlife Fund Coin 100 Francs Central African Republic 2015


Coin of a new series Officially licensed by WWF issued by Central African Republic dedicated to the world famous Great Barrier Reef in Australia, one of the Seven Wonders of Nature and can be seen from space with the naked eye. It consists of over 3000 individual reef systems and hundreds of picturesque tropical islands. Mintage 5.000 pieces worldwide.

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Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres (1,400 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. CNN labeled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Queensland National Trust named it a state icon of Queensland.

A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit the impact of human use, such as fishing and tourism. Other environmental pressures on the reef and its ecosystem include runoff, climate change accompanied by mass coral bleaching, and cyclic population outbreaks of the crown-of-thorns starfish. According to a study published in October 2012 by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the reef has lost more than half its coral cover since 1985.

The Great Barrier Reef has long been known to and used by the Aboriginal Australian and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and is an important part of local groups' cultures and spirituality. The reef is a very popular destination for tourists, especially in the Whitsunday Islands and Cairns regions. Tourism is an important economic activity for the region, generating over $3 billion per year.

  • CountryCentral African Republic
  • Year2015
  • Face Value100 Francs
  • MetalCupronickel, Silver
  • Weight (g)25
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProoflike
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)No
  • Presentation case (box)No

The coin's reverse depicts three of the most important animals living in the Reef composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. On the top of the coin the inscription "Grande Barriere de Corail" and the issue date in the lower right of the coin. On the center the logo of WWF organization.
On the coin's obverse the coat of arms of the Central African Republic and the face value.