Tokelau’s ‘Snowflake Bears’ coin series, captures the beauty and playful nature of three of the world’s most distinctive bears in their natural habitats; the Polar Bear, Brown Bear and the Giant Panda.
Following the release last year of the Polar Bear, the Brown Bear will be released in February 2016 and will be followed by the Giant Panda later in the year.
Each coin features a beautiful fine silver filigree ‘snowflake’ incorporated into the coin. The filigree inserts are hand-wove in intricate detail making each coin unique. This limited edition series is denominated in New Zealand dollars as legal tender of Tokelau. The effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth features on the obverse of each coin together with a ‘Taluma’, the national symbol of Tokelau.
The Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) is a large bear whose principal range includes Russia, India, China, Canada and the United States (mostly Alaska), Scandinavia and Romania. It is recognized as a national and state animal in many European Countries and is the most widely distributed of all bears. It is the largest land-based predator on earth. There are many subspecies of brown bears – some say as many as 90, while DNA analyses has identified as few as five clades.
Adult male bears are particularly aggressive, and mostly solitary, forming social hierarchies based on age and size. They are one of the most omnivorous animals in the world and have been recorded as consuming the greatest variety of foods of any bear.