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MAKI Spectral Tarsier Fascinating Wildlife Silver Coin 10$ Fiji 2013


Spectacular oval silver coin made of pure silver 999 dedicated to the Maki (Spectral Tarsier), enriched with obsidian cabochons as eyes (volcanic glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock). Third coin of the new series "Fascinating Wildlife" impresses with a sensational coin design, which is very popular with collectors worldwide. Mintage only 999 pcs worldwide!

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Maki (Spectral Tarsier)
The Tarsier is a small species of primate that is found inhabiting the well-vegetated forests on a number of islands in south-east Asia. Although fossil records show that Tarsiers would have once been found on mainland Asia, Europe, North America and in Africa, modern Tarsiers are today restricted to just a handful of islands in Malaysia, Indonesia and the southern Philippines.
The Tarsier has an unusually long anklebone which enables it to jump distances more than 40 times it's own body length. The bones are known as the Tarsals which is where the Tarsier gets it's name. The Tarsier is one of the most unique primates on the planet and they are also known to have the largest eyes of any mammal in relation to their body size (each eye is actually heavier than it's brain). This extends further to their young with females known to give birth to the largest babies in relation to their adult size. The Tarsier is known to be quite unique geographically due to it's distribution across Wallace's Line. Wallace's Line runs south between Borneo and Sulawesi and separates the evolutionary centres of the animals found in Eurasia and Australia. Generally, animal species tend to be found on only one side of Wallace's Line but the Tarsier is found on both. It is thought that Tarsiers have inhabited this area of the world for at least 40 million years.


The Fascinating Wildlife series is composed by five coins:

  • Bald Eagle
  • Giant Panda
  • Maki (Spectral Tarsier)
  • Koala
  • Cotton-top Tamarin
  • CountryFiji
  • Year2013
  • Face Value10 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Size (mm)38 x 52
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)999
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

On coin obverse the reproduction of a spledid Maki with two obsidian cabochon as eyes. The design is very detailed with antique finish quality. The reverse depicts the emblem of Republique of Fiji.