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TASMANIAN WEDGE TAILED EAGLE Extinct Endangered 1oz Gold Proof Coin 100$ Niue 2012


One of the most desirable, most prestigious gold issues released this year, this spellbinding legal tender coin pays homage to the Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle. The ultimate tribute to a species facing the brutal reality of extinction, the 2012 Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle 1oz Gold Proof is a coin of upmost quality, beauty and limited availability. Extremely low mintage of 150 pcs only.

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The Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle is brownish-black to almost black when mature. The feathers are edged with a lighter brown. The legs are feathered and the bird has a long, wedge-shaped tail. It is a massive bird, standing over a metre tall, weighing up to 5 kg, and with a wing span of up to 2.2 m. Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles have been isolated for 10 000 years from their mainland counterparts and have become a separate subspecies. With only about 130 pairs successfully breeding each year in Tasmania, the wedge-tailed eagle is listed as endangered. The major threats to the species include habitat loss, nest disturbance, collisions and electrocutions with powerlines and persecution through shooting, trapping and poisoning by thoughtless persons. Please see our Living with Wildlife pages and threatened species pages for full details of this species' plight.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2012
  • Face Value100 Dollars
  • MetalGold
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)150
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
Crafted to the highest of Proof quality by Swiss precious metal experts, Produits Artistiques Metaux Precieux (PAMP), this 2012 issue is a fine tribute to exquisite numismatic craftsmanship. Sure to captivate every collector, each .9999 gold flan is adorned in full colour upon a frosted background and mirrored field. Without a doubt, one of the finest coloured coins we have ever offered, this 2012 Proof captures perfectly the intricate detail of the Wedge-Tailed Eagle in fully struck-up high relief! Beautifully presented within a superb timber presentation case, complete with an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity, features exclusive edge-numbering.