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APOLLO Butterfly Parnassius Silver Proof Coin 1$ Niue 2010


The Mint of Poland presents the 2nd coin of the "Butterflies" series: "Apollo". The collection features the most attractive and beautiful butterflies of Europe and world.

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The Parnassius Apollo
The Apollo or Mountain Apollo (Parnassius apollo), is a butterfly of the Papilionidae family. It is found on mountains in Europe usually above 1,000 metres up to 2,000 m, preferring flowery meadows and mountain pastures. This species is of interest to entomologists due to the variety of subspecies, often only restricted to a specific valley in the Alps.
In Finland, the Apollo was one of the first species of insects declared endangered. The Apollo population in Finland and Sweden decreased drastically during the 1950s. The reason for this is not known, but it is commonly thought to be because of a disease. In Sweden it is since restricted to areas that have limestone in the ground, suggesting that the decrease could hypothetically be related to acid rain.
The Apollo is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals and it is protected in other states: the Principality of Liechtenstein, Czech Republic and Poland.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2010
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)28.28
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)8.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
The coin reverse depicts an apollo butterfly sitting on a stonecrap. On the right side, around the edge an inscription in Latin: PARNASSIUS APOLLO.
The obverse depicts an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II in central part, below the Mint's mark: M/W. Around it, an inscription: ELISABETH II and 1 DOLLAR. Around the edge top, the inscription: NIUE ISLAND 2010. In the background, a stylized enlarged fragment of a butterfly wing.