Silver Ounce 2015 Bengal Tiger, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2015 Bengal Tiger, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Ounce 2015 Bengal Tiger

Niue, a sovereign state in free association with New Zealand, uses two official legal tender currencies. The New Zealand Dollar is the circulation currency for daily transactions, while the government also authorises legal tender coins in the Niue Dollar currency for collector's purposes.

A number of mints issue a large variety of commemorative, bullion and collector coins under the authority of Niue. These coins are dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to Niue itself. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes - typically, one ounce of silver (abbreviated as 1 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum). Many of these feature various animals.

This coin is the third release in the Endangered Species series by the New Zealand Mint and features the Bengal Tiger.

The Bengal Tiger, Panthera tigris tigris, is the largest member of the cat family, and the most numerous subspecies across the Asian continent. Appearing on flags, coats of arms, and as mascots for sporting teams around the globe, the Bengal Tiger is also the National Animal of both Bangladesh and India.

Over the past 100 years, the global population of Bengal Tigers in the wild has decreased across Asia, and is estimated to number fewer than 2,500 individuals. The key reasons for this population decline are poaching and hunting, along with the destruction of forests that make up the tiger’s habitat. This has led to it being classified as Endangered by the IUCN in 2010.

Tigers live alone and aggressively scent-mark large territories in order to keep their rivals away. They are powerful nocturnal hunters that can weigh up to 227 kg, and travel great distances in order to find buffalo, deer, and other prey. A tiger’s most recognisable feature is a pattern of dark vertical stripes set against its yellow-orange fur. No two animals have the same pattern. Using this camouflage, a tiger will lie in wait and creep close enough to attack its prey with one fatal pounce. Despite this fearsome reputation, most tigers avoid humans.

MintNew Zealand Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage2,000
Obverse
Niue / Silver Ounce 2015 Bengal Tiger - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2015.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2015
Reverse
Niue / Silver Ounce 2015 Bengal Tiger - reverse photo

The relief of the reverse engraving shows an endangered Bengal Tiger snarling as it crosses a stream, stepping from rock to rock. The scene is reflected in the finely engraved water.

Around above, the inscription BENGAL TIGER. Around below, the precious metal content 1 oz 999 FINE SILVER.

Reverse Inscription BENGAL TIGER 1 oz 999 FINE SILVER
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Packaging: the coin is packaged inside a rustic wooden crate, used by animal parks all over the world to transport animals, with printed outer packaging. When opened, the coin and Certificate of Authenticity are displayed.

See also

Coins in the Endangered Species series include:
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Venerable Collared Lizard 2013
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Black Rhinoceros 2014
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Bengal Tiger 2015
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Mountain Gorilla 2015
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Pygmy Hippopotamus 2015
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Snow Leopard 2016
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Giant Panda 2016

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Silver Ounce 2011 Kagaya - Taurus 8,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 2 DOLLARS 1 oz 999 SILVER 2011
Silver Ounce 2011 Kagaya - Gemini 8,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 2 DOLLARS 1 oz 999 SILVER 2011
Silver Ounce 2011 Kagaya - Cancer 8,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 2 DOLLARS 1 oz 999 SILVER 2011
Silver Ounce 2011 Kagaya - Leo 8,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 2 DOLLARS 1 oz 999 SILVER 2011
Silver Ounce 2011 Kagaya - Virgo 8,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 2 DOLLARS 1 oz 999 SILVER 2011
Silver Ounce 2011 Kagaya - Libra 8,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 2 DOLLARS 1 oz 999 SILVER 2011
Silver Ounce 2011 Kagaya - Scorpio 8,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 2 DOLLARS 1 oz 999 SILVER 2011
Silver Ounce 2011 Kagaya - Sagittarius 8,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 2 DOLLARS 1 oz 999 SILVER 2011
Silver Ounce 2011 Kagaya - Capricorn 8,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 2 DOLLARS 1 oz 999 SILVER 2011
Silver Ounce 2011 Kagaya - Aquarius 8,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 2 DOLLARS 1 oz 999 SILVER 2011
Silver Ounce 2011 Kagaya - Pisces 8,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 2 DOLLARS 1 oz 999 SILVER 2011
Silver Ounce 2011 Maculinea Arion Butterfly 8,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND 2011 ELIZABETH II ONE DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2011 Papilio Machaon Butterfly 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND 2011 ELIZABETH II ONE DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2011 Pirates of the Caribbean - Calico Jack 8,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE · TWO DOLLARS · 2011 ·
Silver Ounce 2011 Pirates of the Caribbean - Blackbeard 8,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE · TWO DOLLARS · 2011 ·
Silver Ounce 2011 Pirates of the Caribbean - Bartholomew Roberts 8,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE · TWO DOLLARS · 2011 ·
Silver Ounce 2011 Pirates of the Caribbean - Henry Avery 8,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE · TWO DOLLARS · 2011 ·
Silver Ounce 2012 Iris Barbata 7,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE · ONE DOLLAR 2012
Silver Ounce 2012 Iris Florentina 7,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE · ONE DOLLAR 2012
Silver Ounce 2012 Iris Siberica 7,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE · ONE DOLLAR 2012
Silver Ounce 2012 Lilium Armenum 7,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE · ONE DOLLAR 2012
Silver Ounce 2012 Lilium Pardalinum 7,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE · ONE DOLLAR 2012
Silver Ounce 2012 Lilium Speciosum 7,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE · ONE DOLLAR 2012
Silver Ounce 2012 Ornithoptera Goliath Butterfly 8,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND 2012 ELIZABETH II ONE DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2013 Venerable Collared Lizard 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2013
Silver Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
Silver Ounce 2014 Panama Canal 1,999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 2014 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2014 Black Rhinoceros 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE · TWO DOLLARS 2014
Silver Ounce 2015 Year of the Goat (Gold Bells) 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2015 ·
Silver Ounce 2015 Money Frog 1,777 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2015 ·
Silver Ounce 2015 Bengal Tiger 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2015
Silver Ounce 2015 Mountain Gorilla 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2015
Silver Ounce 2015 Pygmy Hippopotamus 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2015
Silver Ounce 2016 Year of the Monkey 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE · TWO DOLLARS 2016
Silver Ounce 2016 Star Wars - Darth Vader 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2016
Silver Ounce 2016 Star Wars - Han Solo 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2016
Silver Ounce 2016 Star Wars - Yoda 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2016
Silver Ounce 2016 Star Wars - R2-D2 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2016
Silver Ounce 2016 Star Wars - Princess Leia 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2016
Silver Ounce 2016 Snow Leopard 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2016
Silver Ounce 2016 Giant Panda 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2016
Silver Ounce 2017 Star Wars - Obi Wan Kenobi 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 Star Wars - Luke Skywalker 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 Star Wars - Chewbacca 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 Star Wars - C-3PO 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 Star Wars - Boba Fett 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 Star Wars - Millennium Falcon 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 Star Wars - Star Destroyer 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 Star Wars - T-65 X-Wing Fighter 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 Star Wars - TIE/LN Fighter 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 Star Wars - T-47 Snowspeeder 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 Star Wars - TIE Advanced x1 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2017
Silver Ounce 2018 Star Wars - Jabba the Hutt 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 Star Wars - Darth Maul 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 Star Wars - Emperor Palpatine 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 Minions - Season's Greetings 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2018
Silver Ounce 2019 Virgo 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2019 ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Libra 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2019 ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Scorpio 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2019 ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Sagittarius 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2019 ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Celestial Animals - The Green Dragon 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 2 DOLLARS 2019
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Silver Ounce 2019 Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves 3,000 Public Seal of Niue TWO DOLLARS 2019 PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE
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Silver Ounce 2019 Minions - Happy Birthday 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2019
Silver Ounce 2020 Aries 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2020 ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Taurus 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2020 ·
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Silver Ounce 2020 Cancer 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2020 ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Leo 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2020 ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Capricorn 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2020 ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Aquarius 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2020 ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Pisces 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2020 ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Celestial Animals - The Red Phoenix 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 2 DOLLARS 2020
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Silver Ounce 2020 Mythical Creatures - Dragon 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · 2020 · NIUE ISLAND · 2 DOLLARS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Mythical Creatures - Phoenix 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · 2020 · NIUE ISLAND · 2 DOLLARS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Mythical Creatures - Griffin 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · 2020 · NIUE ISLAND · 2 DOLLARS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Mythical Creatures - Harpy 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · 2020 · NIUE ISLAND · 2 DOLLARS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Star Wars - Stormtrooper 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Star Wars - Death Trooper 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2020
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Silver Ounce 2015 Bengal Tiger: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Animals
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Penny)
Total Mintage2,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.700 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDPMVR-EAPC-YYKZ-ONQG
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