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BLACK RHINOCEROS Rhino Wildlife In Need Silver Coin 1$ Tuvalu 2012


The "Wildlife in Need" series is dedicated to five rare and endangered wild animals, this beautiful Wildlife in Need series showcases these amazing creatures in need of our care.  They are decreasing in numbers quickly due to climatic changes, pollution and human hunting. The Black Rhino species is classified as critically endangered, and the Western Black Rhinoceros, was declared extinct in 2011.

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The black rhinoceros or hook-lipped rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis), is a species of rhinoceros, native to the eastern and central areas of Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Angola. Although the rhino was referred to as black, it is actually more of a grey/brown/white color in appearance.
The other African rhinoceros is the white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). These common names are misleading, as those two species are not really distinguishable by color. The word white in the name "white rhinoceros" is a mistranslation of the Dutch word wijd for wide, referring to its square upper lip, as opposed to the pointed or hooked lip of the black rhinoceros. These species are now sometimes referred to as the square-lipped (for white) or hook-lipped (for black) rhinoceros.
Humans are the only real threat to adult black rhinos. No other animal is a match for a full-grown rhino and its heavily armored body of very thick skin and lethal horns. But human poachers threaten the species' survival. People often illegally kill the protected, endangered rhinos for the animals' horns.
In several Asian cultures, people believe that a rhino horn provides powerful medicine for a variety of ailments. Other people, who live mainly in northern Africa, use rhino horns to make the handles for special daggers. Since rhino horns fetch high prices, many poachers are willing to break the law and kill these endangered animals.


The five coins in the series:

  • Giant Panda
  • Orangutan
  • Polar Bear
  • Black Rhinoceros
  • Siberian Tiger
  • CountryTuvalu
  • Year2012
  • 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 Black Rhino and calf in colour, against at African savannah backdrop. The lower reverse comprises a struck design showing a pair of supporting hands, and the inscription WILDLIFE IN NEED – BLACK RHINOCEROS. The coin’s obverse depicts the Rank Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2012 year-date.