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BLACK SQUIRREL Black Beauties Silver Coin 5$ Cook Islands 2013


Beautiful silver coin belongs to 'Black Beauties' series, the best tribute to the particular animal creatures which have a black fur color, issued by Cook Islands. Mintage extremely reduced of only 999 pieces worldwide.

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Black Squirrel
As a melanistic variety of the eastern grey squirrel, individual black squirrels can exist wherever grey squirrels live. Grey mating pairs cannot produce black offspring. Grey squirrels have 2 copies of a normal pigment gene and black squirrels have either 1 or 2 copies of a mutant pigment gene. If a black squirrel has 2 copies of the mutant gene it will be jet black. If it has 1 copy of a mutant gene and 1 normal gene it will be brown-black. In areas with high concentrations of black squirrels, mixed litters are common. The black subgroup seems to have been predominant throughout North America prior to the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century, since their dark colour helped them hide in old growth forests which tended to be very dense and shaded. As time passed, hunting and deforestation led to biological advantages for grey coloured individuals. Today, the black subgroup is particularly abundant in the northern part of the eastern grey squirrel's range. This is likely due to the significantly increased cold tolerance of black squirrels which lose less heat than greys. Black squirrels also enjoy concealment advantages in denser northern forests.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2013
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)20
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)999
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

On the reverse is depicted a beautiful black squirrel. The name "Black Squirrel" is inscribed above, with the year of issue below and the latin name. The obverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II profile.