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BENGAL TIGER Endangered Species 1oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2015


Third of the Series “Endangered Species”, the Bengal Tiger 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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Bengal Tiger
The Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) is the most numerous tiger subspecies. By 2011, the total population was estimated at fewer than 2,500 individuals with a decreasing trend. None of the Tiger Conservation Landscapes within the Bengal tiger's range is considered large enough to support an effective population size of 250 adult individuals. Since 2010, it has been classified as Endangered by the IUCN.
As of 2010, Bengal tiger populations in India have been estimated at 1,706–1,909. As of 2014, they have increased to an estimated 2,226 individulas. Bengal tigers in Bangladesh number around 440, in Nepal 163–253, and 67–81 in Bhutan.
Bengal is traditionally fixed as the typical locality for the binomen Panthera tigris, to which the British taxonomist Reginald Innes Pocock subordinated the Bengal tiger in 1929 under the trinomen Panthera tigris tigris.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2015
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

In the reverse of the coin the relief engraved coin, shows an endangered Bengal Tiger snarling as it crosses a stream, stepping from rock to rock. 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.