Beautifully struck in .999 fine Silver, the magnificent Tiger coin celebrates India’s national animal and one of the world’s most endangered species. This Silver coin is the first creation by animal artist Veronica Mackinnon and captures the elegance and strength of this majestic creature. It is the first release in the highly anticipated Treasures of India series.
With a denomination of £1, the obverse bears the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II created by engraver Jody Clark on a laser-engraved patterned background. The text around the Queen’s portrait is surrounded by her legend “ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F. D. ST HELENA”.
As the national animal of India, the tiger holds important meaning. For centuries, it has been a symbol of power, strength and grace, closely associated with bravery and valour. In Hindu mythology this majestic animal symbolizes the possession of unlimited power. Officially known as Panthera tigris tigris, the Royal Bengal tiger represents strength, elegance and endurance.
Well protected in India, genetic research confirms this species of tiger arrived to the Indian subcontinent more than 12,000 years ago. While all tigers are considered endangered, the Bengal tiger is the most numerous of all subspecies with approximately 2,500 left in the wild. However, it remains under the constant threat of poaching. The creation of India’s tiger reserves in the 1970s helped stabilize its numbers but poaching in recent years has again put the Bengal tiger at risk.
The APMEXclusive® 2019 St. Helena 1 oz Silver Tiger coin is part of a new series of limited-edition coins issued for the Silver coin collector and bullion investor. Limited to just 3,000 coins worldwide, this 1 oz Silver Tiger coin will be followed by future releases of Silver coins celebrating India’s vast animal kingdom.