Native Birds of Singapore featured on four wave-shaped silver coins from Cambodia
This weekend sees the 2016 Singapore International Coin Fair and as they’re on home turf, the Singapore Mint is releasing some fine new silver coins for the event. Last year saw the release of the Singapore Mints first coins issued for Cambodia, and an unusual set it was. The four ½oz coins depicted some of the huge range of marine life species in the waters of Singapore and they all fit together to form a continuous wave-shaped image (see image near the bottom of this article). Selectively coloured on the reverse face, it was a good looking set.
This year sees the second set in this style and heads to the skies to showcase the birds that inhabit the airspace over this modern country. Again, there are four coins that are arc-shaped, each adjoining the one next to it to form a continuous image. The designs are very well realised, colourful without being overpowered by ink, and very cohesive, even coming in a super frame designed to hold all four coins together. Well presented, the set sells for S$300 – thats around $225 USD / £156 UKP / €195 EURO, so not a bargain buy perhaps, but the value is there for the package as a whole, especially as a gift for the bird-lover.
The Singapore Mint is proud to present the Discovery of Nature: 2015 Native Birds of Singapore Commemorative Coin Set, issued by the Kingdom of Cambodia. The 2015 issue is the second set of the Discovery of Nature coin series – a continuation to the Marine Life coin set which was first launched in 2014.
The Native Birds of Singapore Commemorative Coin Set is a 4-coin set presented in a unique wing shape that showcases the rich biodiversity of birds and bird conservation efforts in Singapore. An impressive seamless portrait of the birds in their natural environments is formed when all 4 coins are joined together, made possible with the rimless effect between each coin.
On the obverse, 4 native birds of Singapore featured on the coins are namely: Chestnut-bellied Malkoha (Phaenicophaeussumatranus), Black-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotusatriceps), Lesser Green Leafbird (Chloropsiscyanopogon) and Grey-headed Fish-eagle (Icthyophagaichthyaetus). On the reverse, the famous Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s most iconic symbol, is featured.
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