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BLACK RHINOCEROS Endangered Species 1oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014


Second of the Series “Endangered Species”, the Black Rhinoceros 1 oz 999 fine Silver coin is packaged inside a rustic wooden crate, used by animal parks all over the world to transport animals. Low mintage 2.000 pieces worldwide.

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Black Rhinoceros
The black rhinoceros or hook-lipped rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) is a species of rhinoceros, native to eastern and central Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Angola. Although the rhinoceros is referred to as black, its colors vary from brown to grey.
The other African rhinoceros is the white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). The word "white" in the name "white rhinoceros" is a misinterpretation of the Afrikaans word wyd, itself derived from the Dutch word wijd for wide, referring to its square upper lip, as opposed to the pointed or hooked lip of the black rhinoceros. These species are now sometimes referred to as the square-lipped (for white) or hook-lipped (for black) rhinoceros.
The species overall is classified as critically endangered, and one subspecies, the western black rhinoceros, was declared extinct by the IUCN in 2011.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2014
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40.7
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The reverse of this relief engraving captures a delightful vista of the African grasslands. In the foreground, an endangered Black Rhinoceros dips its head to drink from a water hole. The scene is mirrored in the finely engraved water.
The coin's obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.