Silver Ounce 2015 Pygmy Hippopotamus, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2015 Pygmy Hippopotamus, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Ounce 2015 Pygmy Hippopotamus

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 fourth issue in the Endangered Species series by the New Zealand Mint and features the Pygmy Hippopotamus.

The Mint says about it:
"The Pygmy Hippopotamus Choeropsis Liberiensis is native to the forests and swamps of West Africa.

A smaller cousin of the Hippopotamus, the Pygmy Hippo is only half as tall and weighs less than one quarter of its weight. Adult Pygmy Hippos may grow up to 80 cm in height, and are believed to have diverged from the common Hippo over 10 million years ago. Like its larger cousin, the Pygmy Hippopotamus is semi-aquatic, relying on water to keep its body temperature stable and its skin moisturised.

Pygmy Hippos are nocturnal and reclusive by nature. While some live as pairs, individual male Hippos are also known to wander between territories inhabited by females. Surprisingly, these animals are not aggressive when they meet, tending to simply ignore one another instead.

The Pygmy Hippo is herbivorous, feeding on ferns, broad-leaved plants, grasses and fruits. Most of their time is spent in swamps and near rivers, in order to be near stable sources of food. It has been estimated that fewer than 3,000 Pygmy Hippos now remain in the wild. These may be primarily found in Liberia, with small populations in Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Ivory Coast. Deforestation and periods of conflict over the past decades, has led to a loss of habitat for this unique animal. Alongside this, illegal poaching continues to take place throughout Liberia."

MintNew Zealand Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage2,000
Obverse
Niue / Silver Ounce 2015 Pygmy Hippopotamus - 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 Pygmy Hippopotamus - reverse photo

The relief of the reverse engraving shows an endangered Pygmy Hippopotamus in the swamplands of West Africa. This scene is mirrored in the finely engraved water.

Around above, the inscription PYGMY HIPPOPOTAMUS. Around below, the precious metal content 1 oz 999 FINE SILVER.

Reverse Inscription PYGMY HIPPOPOTAMUS 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 2015 Pygmy Hippopotamus: 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 Dollar)
Total Mintage2,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDGAVP-OXAC-MMWL-EMDY
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