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GIANT PANDA Wildlife In Need Silver Coin 1$ Tuvalu 2011

First 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 Giant Panda is listed as endangered and although estimations vary, it is thought that there are as few as 1,500 of these amazing creatures left in the wild.

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THE GIANT PANDA
The giant panda, or panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca, literally meaning "black and white cat-foot") is a bear native to central-western and south western China. It is easily recognized by its large, distinctive black patches around the eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. Though it belongs to the order Carnivora, the panda's diet is 99% bamboo.
The panda is a conservation reliant endangered species. A 2007 report shows 239 pandas living in captivity inside China and another 27 outside the country. Wild population estimates vary; one estimate shows that there are about 1,590 individuals living in the wild,[9] while a 2006 study via DNA analysis estimated that this figure could be as high as 2,000 to 3,000.
While the dragon has historically served as China's national emblem, in recent decades the panda has also served as an emblem for the country. Its image appears on a large number of modern Chinese commemorative silver, gold, and platinum coins.
The giant panda has a body shape typical of bears. It has black fur on its ears, eye patches, muzzle, legs, arms and shoulders. The rest of the animal's coat is white. Although scientists do not know why these unusual bears are black and white, some speculate that the bold coloring provides effective camouflage in its shade-dappled snowy and rocky surroundings. The giant panda's thick, wooly coat keeps it warm in the cool forests of its habitat. The giant panda has large molar teeth and strong jaw muscles for crushing tough bamboo.
The giant panda's tail, measuring 10 to 15 centimeters (4 to 6 in), is the second longest in the bear family. The longest belongs to the Sloth Bear.
The giant panda usually lives around 20 years in the wild and up to 30 years in captivity.
In 2006, scientists reported that the number of pandas living in the wild may have been underestimated at about 1,000. Previous population surveys had used conventional methods to estimate the size of the wild panda population, but using a new method that analyzes DNA from panda droppings, scientists believe that the wild panda population may be as large as 3,000.
The giant panda is among the world's most adored and protected rare animals, and is one of the few in the world whose natural inhabitant status was able to gain a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. The Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, located in the southwest Sichuan province and covering seven natural reserves, were inscribed onto the World Heritage List in 2006.

 

The five coins in the series:

  • Giant Panda
  • Orangutan
  • Polar Bear
  • Black Rhinoceros
  • Siberian Tiger
  • Country
    Tuvalu
  • Year
    2011
  • Face Value
    1 Dollar
  • Metal
    Silver
  • Fineness (purity)
    999/1000
  • Weight (g)
    31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)
    40.6
  • Quality
    Proof
  • Mintage (pcs)
    5.000
  • Certificate (COA)
    Yes
  • Presentation case (box)
    Yes
The coin reverse features an adult Giant Panda and cub in colour, against a backdrop of a bamboo forest and a mountain. The lower reverse comprises a struck design showing a pair of supporting hands with a bamboo motif. The inscription WILDLIFE IN NEED – GIANT PANDA is incorporated into the design. Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu, the coin obverse depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the country and the year of issue.