Discussion in 'World & Ancient Coins' started by areich, Jul 9, 2012.
Not that much money. And I wouldn't touch gold coins right now. They are overpriced.
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Gambia: Temminck's Colubus
Colobus Badius Temminckii
This is one mean looking monkey that is from Western Africa from Senegal to Ghana. One of the three subspecies of Procolobus badius, it feeds on fruit and termite mounds. They are hunted by Chips, and very acrobatic and lively in the forest. They live in troops. There habitat are is being badly encroached by development in the populous West Africa.
Gambia is the smallest African Nation almost embedded into Senegal.
It is essentially the flood plain of the Gambia River which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. it is a member of the British Common Wealth .
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Mongolia: Snow Leopard
The Mongolian People's Republic had contributed the the World Wildlife Federation's 25th Anniversary coin set a 28.28g, 38,61 diameter, 0.925 fineness Silver proof coin that commemorates the Snow Leopard (Panthera Unica). This is actually quite surprising because Mongolia is centered on its horse culture, dating back before the times of Genghis Khan. And within Mongolia exists the endangered Przewalski's horse, which was at one time even extinct in the wild until reintroduction from zoo stock. The native European wild horse, Equus ferus ferus, went extinct at the turn of the 20th century.
However, Mongolia chose and equally wonderful and rare animal to dress their coin, the Snow Pantha, which while documents in the 18th century, was not filmed or rediscovered by the West until recent times, a fact that is the focal point of a few documentary movies. recently the first Snow Leopard Den has been discovered. Today there are many snow leopards in zoos around the world, including the Bronx Zoo in new York City (for those not aware that The Bronx is in NYC).
This looks a bit meaner than your typical house pet.
Snow Leopards are listed as threatened and have populations spread around the Central Asian highlands. Although it is written that they range in India, Mongolia, West Pakistan, China, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Russia, the population figures that are documented do not include Mongolia.
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Much appreciated, Mandy--keep them coming!
I not only enjoy viewing the coins, but I also enjoy reading the write-ups and addition information about each species that you have pulled together. And, with over 600 views so far, I am probably not the only one.
It is getting to be quite a work, and you have 10 more to go.
:thumb:Good post! and we still have 10 more to go?
Falkland Islands: King Penguins 50 Pence
The Falkland Islands is a hotly contested archipelago in the South Atlantic about 250 miles from the coast of Argentina. A British Colony since 1835, the majority people living on the Islands are of British decent. In 1982 Britain and Argentina got into a shooting war of the islands political status. Rich oil fields off shore are at stake.
The Islands have one of the largest collections of sea birds in the world including 5 species of Penguin, although the breeding on the main islands has been reduced because of introduced animals. Among those breeds of Penguins include the King Penguin, which has only about 200 breeding pairs in the Falklands, justifying there presence on the coin, despite the fact that they are classified as "least concerned".
They have a very long breeding cycle, well over a year, which means they succeed in only 2 of three years. They feed mostly on small fish or squid, and do not eat krill or small crustaceans like most penguin species.
This coin is .925 Silver, and a 50 pence denomination. It weights 28.28 grams and has a 38.61 diameter. It was minted at the British Royal mint to the number of 25,000 units of proof coin.
Here is a full blown image.
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Yush! The penguins have waddled onto the thread!!! :hail:
Thailand: Siamese Fireback Pheasant Coin
Lophura diardi - The Siamese Fireback Pheasant 200 Bhat Coin is Thailands contibution to the 25th Anniversary World Wildlife Fund series. One time thought to be endangered, recently that accessment has been changed to Least Concerned and it seems that the estimated count of individuals was badly off. They have bright red wattles and legs. The almost peacock like impressive tail and crest add to its beuaty. The body has a subtle grey stiped feathered body and a golden yellow back. Irridensent dark red and blue that shimmer in the sunlight. This species is the national bird of Thailand. The female usually lays between four to eight rosy eggs. It lives in in the dense forests, bamboo and evergreen from sea-level to 2,000 feet of the southern china are of asia. They eat many invertebrates, fruits and berries and grow to .80 cm long (about 2½ feet).
The coin is dated 1987 and is a 200 Bhat coin of silver alloy.
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and it tastes like Chicken!
Bermuda: Green Turtle
Chelonia mydas - Commonly known at the Green Turtle, or Black Turtle, is an endangered species of turtle with Pacific and Atlantic Ocean populations. It is unique to the genus Chelonia for reasons far beyond my understanding of turtle phenotypes. However, unlike its close family members, it is vegetarian and its beak is not hooked like the HawkBill Turtle.
The "green" comes from the fat just below the turtle shell.
They lay eggs on beaches and are protected around the world, both by international treaty and individual national efforts.
The one dollar 925fineness silver coin weighs 28.28 g and 38.61mm, common for the series. It is proof from the British Royal Mint and like the others has a 25,000 mintage.
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That coin looks like it has some mechanical doubling around the "ONE DOLLAR"
If it did, wouldn't it show up on the bottom of the coin as well?
Not sure but I don't think so. It does not look like reflection to me. What does it look like in your hand? If it is mechanical doubling you should send the whole set back.
NO WAY. Anyway, I don't see anything with the glass.
Cayman Islands: Cuban Amazon
The Cuban Amazon ( Amazona leucocephala ) is one Amazon of many kinds of Neo-tropical parrots of the Amazon Genus. The group are closely related, mostly green parrots that are in South American and spread across the Caribbean Islands. One of the more complex color groups of the Amazon family, the parrot is found in Cuba, the Bahamas, and the West Indies, including the Cayman Islands. They often travel or live in flocks except in breeding season and grow to about 32 cm (about a foot - 2.54 cm per inch).
This 3 dollar proof coin, minted in Britain, and with a fineness of .925 silver. weighs 28.28gms and is 38.61mm in diameter. It was minted to 25,000 pieces.
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