This beautiful 2 Oz Silver coin is part of the “Rare Wildlife” series, dedicated to some of the most fascinating animals in the world. In this edition – the Lion. A new issue featuring the Lion in this hit selling series now with improved ultra high relief (smartminting). Coloring with shiny silver coming through. The fur shines in the sun!
- Ultra high relief with Interesting special features
- Heavy 2 oz silver coin
- Animal cat motive
- Low mintage
- New unique coloring technique
The lion (Panthera leo) is one of the big cats in the Felidae family and a member of genus Panthera. It has been listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List since 1996, as populations in African range countries declined by about 43% since the early 1990s. Lion populations are untenable outside designated protected areas. Although the cause of the decline is not fully understood, habitat loss and conflicts with humans are the greatest causes of concern. The West African lion population is listed as Critically Endangered since 2016. The only lion population in Asia survives in and around India's Gir Forest National Park and is listed as Endangered since 1986. The commonly used term African lion collectively denotes lion populations in Africa. It is the second-largest living wild cat after the tiger, with some males exceeding 250 kg (550 lb) in weight, barring hybrids like the liger. In ancient historic times, their range was in most of Africa, including North Africa, and across Eurasia from Greece and southeastern Europe to India. In the late Pleistocene, the lion was the most widespread large land mammal after humans; Panthera leo spelaea lived in northern and western Europe and Panthera leo atrox in the Americas from the Yukon River to Peru.
The reverse of the coin depicts the wonderful detailed and coloured image of the face of a grunting Lion. On top of the reverse, the inscription: “2018” – the year of issue. On the bottom, the inscriptions: “PANTHERA LEO” – the name of the coin and “AFRICAN LION” – the name of the animal. The obverse of the coin depicts the Tanzanian Coat of Arms and the inscriptions: “TANZANIA” – the issuing country and “1500 SHILLINGS” – the face value.
|Weight (g)||2 oz|
|Presentation case (box)||Yes|
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