Following on from the excellent ‘Venerable Collared Lizard’ coin from late last year, the New Zealand Mint have just announced a second coin carrying on the theme, this time for a poster child of the endangered animal world, the Black Rhinoceros. Not the first coin to feature this strange animal by some margin, it is however, one of the nicest, even approaching the quality of one of our recent favourites, the Big Five Rhino gilded coins.

The packaging, a NZM speciality,  follows the Lizard coin in being a replica crate meant to symbolise the way animals are often smuggled, and the outer shipper is textured like rhino skin. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into the package as a whole but yet again, it’s another endangered wildlife coin that donates nothing to the cause of saving these phenomenal animals.

It really is a bugbear here that many mints around the world churn out coins featuring animals not long for the planet, yet do nothing to help. A simple $1 or $2 per coin donation to a relevant charity would both help out the conservation efforts of the people that dedicate their lives to ensuring these animals don’t die out, and at the same time raise the profile of coins in this high-profile subject. Kudos to Numiscom for doing so with the Cheetah DNA coin that gave money to the Cheetah Conservation Fund. These sums really can make a difference so why not? Let us know your thoughts. Would it bother you if a $100 coin was sold for $101 if that $1 went to conservation charities?



This coin is the latest release in the “Endangered Species” coin series by New Zealand Mint.
In the early 20th century the Black Rhinoceros, Diceros bicornis, was the most plentiful of all Rhino species across the African continent. Between 1970 and 1992, their numbers were severely reduced by over 95% due to organised poaching and black market demand for their horns. By 1993, only 2,300 survived in the wild. Intensive anti-poaching efforts over recent years have had encouraging results, however, the increase in numbers is slow. In 2013, the IUCN estimated that approximately 5,055 Black Rhinoceros live in Eastern and Central Africa.

REVERSE: This relief engraving captures a delightful vista of the African grasslands. In the foreground, an endangered Black Rhinoceros dips its head to drink from a water hole. The scene is mirrored in the finely engraved water.

OBVERSE: This features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

PACKAGING: The Endangered Species, Black Rhinoceros 1oz Silver coincomes packaged inside a crate-shaped inner coin case, which sits inside a rhino-skin textured outer packaging.

Denomination Metal Weight Diameter Quality Box – COA Mintage
2 DOLLARS (NZD) 0.999 silver 31.1g 40.70 mm PROOF Y – Y 2,000