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ORANGUTAN Wildlife In Need Silver Coin 1$ Tuvalu 2011


Second coin of "Wildlife in Need" series dedicated to five rare and endangered wild animals, this beautiful Wildlife in Need series showcases these amazing creatures in need of our care. The Orangutans are an endangered species. They are decreasing in numbers quickly as they lose habitat to people. Further aggravating the problem, baby orangutans are caught and sold around the world as pets.

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The Orangutan is characterised by its ape-like shape, shaggy red fur, long arms and grasping hands and feet.
As its low reproductive rate and the long period taken to reach maturity, the Orangutans are highly vulnerable to environmental threats.
The word orangutan means "man of the forest" in the Malay language. As its habitats are being usurped by man, the orangutan's population is decreasing and it is in grave danger of extinction.
Due to the commercial logging, forest clearance for oil palm plantations and agriculture, potential risk of uncontrolled fires and human exploitation, the Orangutans has encountered the issue of the habitat destruction and the need for protection has been increasing. Currently this species can only be found on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra in south-east Asia.


The five coins in the series:

  • Giant Panda
  • Orangutan
  • Polar Bear
  • Black Rhinoceros
  • Siberian Tiger
  • CountryTuvalu
  • Year2011
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40.6
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin’s reverse features an adult Orangutan and baby in colour, against a forest backdrop. The lower reverse comprises a struck design showing a pair of supporting hands with a palm leaf motif. The inscription 'WILDLIFE IN NEED – ORANGUTAN' is also incorporated into the design. The coin’s obverse depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2011 year-date.