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YELLOW EYED PENGUIN Silver Proof Coin 5$ New Zealand 2011


Considered to be the world’s rarest penguin, the Yellow-eyed Penguin which for the past eight years has showcased native endangered species. This $5 coins pay tribute to the plight of this flightless bird, arguably New Zealand’s most adorable native. This 2011 is issued by struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver.

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The Yellow-eyed Penguin – (Megadyptes antipodes), or ‘hoiho’ in Maori – is one of nature’s delights. About 65 centimetres tall and weighing around five kilograms as an adult, it’s easily identified by the distinctive yellow stripe that runs across its bright yellow eyes and around the back of its head.
The Yellow-eyed Penguin can only be found in New Zealand’s south-eastern South Island and Stewart Island, and in the sub-Antarctic Campbell and Auckland Islands. Unfortunately, coastal development, especially the clearing of coastal shrublands and forest, together with predators, have taken their toll on the penguin numbers.
Thankfully help is at hand from the Department of Conservation, the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust, private landowners and rehabilitation centres. The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust, the key independent trust protecting the hoiho in New Zealand, runs a comprehensive coastal conservation programme to re-establish their coastal habitat and control predators, and provides information to schools and the public on penguin conservation.

  • CountryNew Zealand
  • Year2011
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)38.7
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)4.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
On coin obverse a detailed representation of a Yellow-eyed Penguin featured in its natural habitat and the legend "YELLOW-EYEd PENGUIN", "FIVE DOLLARS".
On the obverse the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.