This series is a little more adventurous than the other two here, combining microprinting, laser engraving and high-end digital printing. Called SOS to the World – They are gone!, this series looks at animals that are no longer with us. Five coins have been issued to date. The basic format is a Mint of Poland favourite, a 17.5g 0.999 silver coin.
The central part of each coin depicts an image of the featured animal. Also on the reverse face is a small micro-printed image of a map which shows the regional distribution of the animal and indicates the year when the species was classified as extinct. The background of the reverse is coloured and shows the animals habitat. The frog coin is unusual in that the animal itself is also coloured, but the rest remain presented cleanly struck, for the better in our opinion, but you may think otherwise.
These come in the newer style of box from the mint, a better and more modern one, with an enclosed Certificate of Authenticity. The obverse is again, like all 16 of the coins here, the standard Niue one from this mint. There have been a couple of specials in this series, both variants of the first coin. First is a 750 g version identical except for the size. A tiny 22 of these will be struck at most and we’ve only seen these for sales at E-Mince.cz and they’re quite pricey, as you’d expect. The other is a 10g gold coin that carries the same design, but is devoid of colour. Only 40 of these will be produced and again, we’ve only seen these at E-Mince.cz. A nice series, the best of the three presented here we think.