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ARCTIC TERN Great Migrations 1 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2017


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

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Arctic Tern
The genus name Sterna is derived from Old English “stearn”, “tern”. The specific paradisaea is from Late Latin paradisus, “paradise”. The Scots names picktarnie, tarrock and their many variants are also believed to be onomatopoeic, derived from the distinctive call. Due to the difficulty in distinguishing the two species, all the informal common names are shared with the common tern. day. he Arctic tern has a continuous worldwide circumpolar breeding distribution; there are no recognized subspecies. It can be found in coastal regions in cooler temperate parts of North America and Eurasia during the northern summer. While wintering during the southern summer, it can be found at sea, reaching the northern edge of the Antarctic ice. The Arctic tern is famous for its migration; it flies from its Arctic breeding grounds to the Antarctic and back again each year, the shortest distance between these areas being 19,000 km (12,000 mi). The long journey ensures that this bird sees two summers per year and more daylight than any other creature on the planet. One example of this bird's remarkable long-distance flying abilities involves an Arctic tern ringed as an unfledged chick on the Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK, in the northern summer of 1982, which in October 1982, just three months from fledging, reached Melbourne, Australia. Assuming a direct route of flight, the distance covered would have been more than 22,000 km (14,000 mi). Another example is that of a chick ringed in Labrador, Canada, on 23 July 1928. It was found in South Africa four months later.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2017
  • 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 the migration of the arctic tern. A few arctic terns 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” – the issue country, “Two Dollars” – the face value and “2017” – the issue year.