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MONARCH BUTTERFLY Great Migrations 1 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2016


This Silver coin is the second in the new series “Great Migrations”, that celebrates one of nature’s impressive wonders, when millions of animals start their great annual migration, featuring migrating Monarch Butterfy. The coin is colored, has a Proof quality and 1 Ounce weight. Will be packaged in an attractive case, with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 3.000 pcs worldwide.

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Monarch Butterfly
Monarch butterflies are known for the incredible mass migration that brings millions of them to California and Mexico each winter. North American monarchs are the only butterflies that make such a massive journey—up to 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers). The insects must begin this journey each fall ahead of cold weather, which will kill them if they tarry too long. Monarch butterflies begin life as eggs and hatch as larvae that eat their eggshells and, subsequently, the milkweed plants on which they were placed. (Monarchs are dependent on milkweed plants, which larvae eat nearly exclusively). Fattening larvae become juicy, colorful caterpillars, then create a hard protective case around themselves as they enter the pupa stage. They emerge as beautifully colored, black-orange-and-white adults. The colorful pattern makes monarchs easy to identify—and that's the idea. The distinctive pattern warns predators that the insects are foul tasting and poisonous.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2016
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)3.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The reverse of the coin features an engraved illustration of a flutter of Monarch butterflies, covering tree branches, ready to hibernate. A few Monarch butterflies are highlighted in colour, bringing further interest. On the right of the coin, the inscription: "1 Oz 999 FINE SILVER" (the weight and the fineness of the Silver). The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. All around the inscriptions: "ELIZABETH II", "NIUE" (issue country), "TWO DOLLARS" (face value), "2016" (year of issue).