Helvetic Mints stylish Swiss Wildlife series welcomes its fifth silver coin with the Golden Eagle

One of the pioneers of ultra high relief (UHR) coin strikes and a company still pushing boundaries today, the Helvetic Mint has been producing this type of coin for many years now and one of its most popular UHR series has recieved its fifth entrant. Called Swiss Wildlife, this one-ounce fine silver coin series first appeared in 2014 with a pair of coins featuring the Ibex and the Capercaillie. The following year saw the Red Deer and the Mountain Hare added and while there wasn’t a release last year, the 2016 coin has finally appeared.

Depicting the magnificent Golden Eagle, the same artistic style has been used to create another fine coin. With designs crafted in a more traditional way, sculpted in plaster rather than CAD, they have a very organic, natural look. This is enhanced by eschewing a coin rim and keeping this face completely free of any inscriptions. The end result is three-dimensional piece of metal art that is almost recognisably Helvetic Mint

The obverse features exactly what you’d expect from a Niue Island issued coin – an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II (by Raphael Maklouf for a change) surrounded by all the usual inscriptions. The coin comes supplied in one of the clever latex-skinned ‘floating frames’ as pioneered by Prinz with their Nimbus range. They’re a cool way to show a coin like this.

Selling for around the €75 mark, the coin is available to order now and should ship in the next few weeks. A fine collection, we’ll hopefully get a guide up to the range sometime over the weekend.

2016 SWISS WILDLIFE GOLDEN EAGLE SILVER COIN

MINTS DESCRIPTION

The King of the Skies is the only large predator in Switzerland to have survived the days of ruthless persecution during which the Bearded Vulture, the lynx, the wolf and the brown bear were exterminated. Meanwhile, the population of the Golden Eagle has recovered and is now almost saturated in the Alps.

At present, the Swiss Alps accommodate a vital and stable population of about 300 breeding pairs of golden eagle. However, losses of individuals through technical installations (e.g. casualties after collisions with transport cables and high-tension power lines) and losses of broods through human disturbances are ongoing. Therefore, additional losses through other causes of death need to be avoided. Moreover, lead poisoning is also a danger to other raptor species such as bearded vulture or red kite. The Swiss Golden Eagle reaches a wingspan of up to 2.2 metres.

SPECIFICATION

NAME 2016 SWISS WILDLIFE
DENOMINATION $2 New Zealand
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 31.1 grams
DIAMETER 40.00 mm
FINISH Antique
MODIFICATIONS Ultra high-relief
MINTAGE 999
BOX / COA Yes / Yes
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