BENGAL TIGER Rare Wildlife 2 Oz Silver Coin 1500 Shillings Tanzania 2017

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This beautiful 2 Oz Silver coin is part of the “Rare Wildlife” series and depicts the fascinating Bengal Tiger with its mouth wide open, growling at the spectator. The coin has a new coloring technique with shiny translucent Silver, has a High Relief, has a Proof quality and comes in a case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to only 999 pieces worldwide.

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Country Tanzania
Year 2017
Face Value 1500 Shillings
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 62.2 (2 oz)
Diameter (mm) 50
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 999
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
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Bengal Tiger
The Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) is the most numerous tiger subspecies. By 2011, the total population was estimated at fewer than 2,500 individuals with a decreasing trend. None of the 'Tiger Conservation Landscapes' within the Bengal tiger's range is considered large enough to support an effective population size of 250 adult individuals. Since 2010, it is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. By 2010, Bengal tiger populations in India were estimated at 1,706–1,909. As of 2016, they had reputedly increased to an estimated 3,890 individuals. Bengal tigers number around 440 in Bangladesh and 163–253 in Nepal. Prior censuses placed the tiger population in Bhutan at around 65–75 individuals. In 2015, it was estimated that 103 Bengal tigers were living in the country. Bengal is traditionally fixed as the typical locality for the binomen Panthera tigris, to which the British taxonomist Reginald Innes Pocock subordinated the Bengal tiger in 1929 under the trinomen Panthera tigris tigris. The Bengal, Caspian and Siberian tigers, and lion rank among the biggest cats. It is the national animal of both India and Bangladesh.


The reverse of the coin depicts the front view of a beautiful Bengal Tiger, one of the most endangered Tiger species. Fewer as 2500 species are still living in the wild today. On top of the reverse, the inscription: “2017” – the year of issue. On the bottom, the inscriptions: “ROYAL BENGAL TIGER” – the name of the coin and “PANTHERA TIGRIS TIGRIS” – the name of the Tiger. The obverse of the coin depicts the Tanzanian Coat of Arms and the inscriptions: “TANZANIA” – the issue country and “1500 SHILLINGS” – the face value.

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