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TASMANIAN TIGER Lenticular Silver Proof Coin 5$ Niue 2011


Defined by a sensational Lenticular design, official legal tender status and flawless Silver Proof quality, this prestigious tribute to the 75th anniversary of the last Tasmanian Tiger is also notable for extremely limited availability. The mintage has been set at a crazy 3,000 coins!

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Tasmanian Tiger
With a large, wolf-like head, tiger-like striped coat and wombat-like backwards-facing pouch, the Thylacinus cynocephalus (Tasmanian Tiger) is among the most intriguing elements of Australia’s great variety of exotic native fauna. Rivaling in reputation such wonders of nature as the platypus, kangaroo and koala, this unusual creature virtually disappeared from the Australian mainland around 2,000 to 3,000 years ago. At the time of European Settlement, it was found in significant numbers only in Tasmania. Hunting, disease and habitat destruction all had a major impact on the Tassie Tiger population, and the last known thylacine died in the Hobart Zoo in 1936.


Lenticular printing
Lenticular printing is a technology in which a lenticular lens is used to produce images with an illusion of depth, or the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles. This technology was created in the 1940s but has evolved in recent years to show more motion and increased depth.
Lenticular printing is a multi-step process consisting of creating a lenticular image from at least two existing images, and combining it with a lenticular lens. This process can be used to create various frames of animation (for a motion effect), offsetting the various layers at different increments (for a 3D effect), or simply to show a set of alternate images which may appear to transform into each other. Once the various images are collected, they are flattened into individual, different frame files, and then digitally combined into a single final file in a process called interlacing.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2011
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)25
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)3.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The coin features a vibrant 'Moving Image' design of Benjamin - the last known Tasmanian Tiger. A powerful illustration of the best in modern minting, this seamless, flowing Lenticular motif has been created from actual film footage of Benjamin taken by naturalist David Fleay!