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SNOW LEOPARD Endangered Species 1oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2016


Sixth of the Series "Endangered Species", the Snow Leopard 1 oz 999 fine Silver coin featuring beautiful mirrored image of an endangered animal, a Snow Leopard in the act of leaping on prey. This scene is mirrored in the finely engraved water. Low mintage 2.000 pieces worldwide.

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Snow Leopard
These rare, beautiful gray leopards live in the mountains of Central Asia. They are insulated by thick hair, and their wide, fur-covered feet act as natural snowshoes. Snow leopards have powerful legs and are tremendous leapers, able to jump as far as 50 feet (15 meters). They use their long tails for balance and as blankets to cover sensitive body parts against the severe mountain chill.
Snow leopards prey upon the blue sheep (bharal) of Tibet and the Himalaya, as well as the mountain ibex found over most of the rest of their range. Though these powerful predators can kill animals three times their weight, they also eat smaller fare, such as marmots, hares, and game birds.
One Indian snow leopard, protected and observed in a national park, is reported to have consumed five blue sheep, nine Tibetan woolly hares, twenty-five marmots, five domestic goats, one domestic sheep, and fifteen birds in a single year.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2016
  • 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

The coin's reverse shows an endangered Snow Leopard, they are found in the mountains of Central Asia. This scene is mirrored in the finely engraved water. The Endangered Species, Snow Leopard 1 oz Silver coin comes packaged in a rustic wooden crate coin case and printed outer packaging. The coin's obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.