In an exclusive partnership with Discovery™, Gainesville Coins is the sole distributor of the fantastic new Discovery Endangered Species Series of 1½ oz Colorized Silver Proof Coins! Struck from .999 fine silver, the series begins with a two-coin set honoring a pair of threatened African animal species: the African lion and the African mandrill. In addition to celebrating the diversity of Earth’s increasingly vulnerable wildlife, these coins are highly collectible thanks to a limited worldwide mintage of only 700 two-coin sets!
Beyond their message of preserving our planet’s most endangered wildlife, these 1½ ounce silver coins also exhibit remarkable aesthetic quality. The gorgeous, full-color designs were an in-house creation by Gainesville Coins’ own Putri W. Ritter. In vibrant colorization, the real-life images of the African lion and African mandrill pop off of the coin’s surface. Moreover, these coins are officially licensed by Discovery™ and are legal tender of the Government of Niue Island. Future releases in the Endangered Species series will highlight threatened animals from other continents, and will continue to enjoy official licensing from Discovery™ and legal tender status in addition to their .999 fine silver content.
AFRICAN LION REVERSE: depicts a tender moment of familial love as a lion cub nuzzles the cheek of an adult male lion lying at rest. The image exhibits full colorization. The Discovery™ logo appears at the bottom rim of the design, while the inscription “AFRICAN LION” runs along the top rim against an iridescent wave pattern in the background.
AFRICAN MANDRILL REVERSE: shows a close-up view of an adult male mandrill from the shoulders up facing three-quarters to the right. The fully colorized image brings out the incredible blue, gold, and red hues of the mandrill. The inscription “AFRICAN MANDRILL” curls along the top rim, which uses an iridescent wave pattern around the entire outer rim.
OBVERSE: The common obverse design for the series shows a bright blue and green planet Earth in the background. A smaller circle at the bottom rim contains the classic portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, designed by artist Raphael Maklouf. Around the outer rim, inscriptions include the issuing country “NIUE ISLAND,” the legal tender denomination “TWO DOLLARS,” the year of issue “2016,” as well as the weight and purity “1 1/2 TROY OUNCE .999 FINE SILVER.”
PACKAGING: The display case and packaging of the 2016 Discovery Endangered Species Series – Africa truly brings this two-coin set together. The display case features a clasp and is decorated on all of its surfaces by a classic-style world map. The certificate of authenticity (COA) is included, individually numbered, and personally signed by the designer.