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AFRICAN LION MADRILL Discovery Endangered Species Set 2 Silver Coins 2 Dollars Niue 2016


This new Silver coin set is the first of seven sets, one to be released for each continent, on the wildlife series “Discovery Endangered Species”. The coins each feature a colour depiction of an animal - an African Lion and an African Madrill - around which is a cleanly struck pattern and contains a total of 1 and ½ troy Ounces of Pure Silver. Limited mintage to 700 sets worldwide.

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African Lion and African Madrill
The mandrill is an omnivorous primate species found predominantly in tropical rainforests and is confined to a small portion of west-central Africa that includes Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon. Closely related to baboons but shown to be part of their own genus, the mandrill is best known for its array of bright and bizarre coloring. Thanks to its blue-and-red snout and gold beard, the naturalist Charles Darwin said of the mandrill: “No other member in the whole class of mammals is coloured in so extraordinary a manner as the adult male mandrill.” The gravest threats to mandrill populations are loss of habitat through deforestation and, to an even greater extent, hunting by humans for their meat. This is why the IUCN officially categorizes the mandrill as a vulnerable species. Estimates place the current mandrill population in the wild at only 3,000 individuals.
"African lion” refers collectively to the various subspecies of lion that are found on the continent of Africa. The lion is part of the genus Panthera, which also includes other big cats like the tiger, leopard, and jaguar. The lion is widely considered the “King of the Jungle,” and once was the world’s most widespread large land mammal behind human beings. Over time, however, developing human civilizations nearly eradicated Panthera leo through hunting, disease, and habitat destruction.
 For instance, the Barbary lion of Northern Africa is extinct in the wild and only known in captivity. Human interference with lions remains a problem, and P. leo is officially a vulnerable species according to the IUCN. There are perhaps 20,000 African lions left in the wild and an additional 1,000 lions found in zoos and nature preserves around the world.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2016
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)93.3 (3 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)49.3
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)700
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
  • Set (pcs)2
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The reverse designs bring the featured animals to life in full color. The African Lion coin shows a lion cub nuzzling the cheek of an adult male lion at rest. The African Mandrill coin shows an adult male mandrill from the shoulders up facing three-quarters right. The legend ("AFRICAN LION" and "AFRICAN MANDRILL", respectively) is inscribed along the top rim within an outer ring with an iridescent wave pattern in the background. The Discovery' logo appears at the bottom rim.
The common obverse design shows a bright blue and green planet Earth in the background. Raphael Maklouf's effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II is placed in a smaller circle in the foreground at the bottom rim. Rim inscriptions include the issuing nation "NIUE ISLAND", the denomination: “Two Dollars", the issue year: "2016" and the specifications: "1 1/2 TROY OUNCE .999 FINE SILVER". Each inscription is separated by a bullet point.