Sunday, March 25, 2012

One Ounce URAL OWL Wildlife Protection 999 Silver Coin Swarovski Mongolia 2011


The Ural owl (latin Strix uralensis) is a big owl with a distinctive facial disc. It lives in open lichen forests and big moorlands in the northern hemisphere. The Ural owl feeds on mice, birds and insects. Also bigger animals such as rabbits and young wood grouse hens are among their prey pattern.

The Ural owls laying season begins in March. Thereby the female lays about four eggs within two to three days. During incubation the male animal is responsible for foraging. Already one month later the young hatch. The young animals leave their nest approximately 90 days after birth.

They mostly spend their life within a small radius of their place of birth. Major migrations have only been observed with a few specimens. In freedom, the Ural owl can reach an age of over 20 years.

The Ural Owl is represented by means of a sensational relief. Its eyes adorn two dark SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

It is a worthy successor of the Gulo-Gulo, the coin of the year 2008 from Mongolia. It is issued by the National Bank of Mongolia promoting wildlife protection.

Country: Mongolia
Year: 2011
Face value: 500 Togrog
Metal: Silver .999
Weight: 1 oz
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Quality: Antique finish
Mintage: 2,500 pcs.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Australia Silver: Lion Privy Lunar Dragon Silver One Ounce 2012 Perth Mint Australia

1 oz 2012 Lunar Dragon (Lion Privy Mar) coin by the Perth Mint of Australia
  • 1 oz coins (Individually mint sealed capsules)
  • Mintage limit to only 200,000
  • Limited mintage silver investment coin
  • Government guaranteed weight & purity
  • Australian legal tender status.
  • Internationally renowned and recognized
  • Denomination - Face Value is $1
  • Purity / Fineness 99.9% (Govt guaranteed)
  • Gross weight in grams (g) 31.35

Struck from 99.9% pure silver and issued as Australian legal tender, the new 1oz coin portrays a representation of a traditional Chinese dragon with a Bavarian Lion ‘privy mark’ included on the reverse.

Lion Privy Lunar Dragon Silver One Ounce 2012 Perth Mint Australia

2012 Great White Shark - 1oz Silver .999 Coin from New Zealand Mint

Metal 999 fine silver
Finish Proof
Diameter 40.7mm
Edge Milled Milled
Denomination $2
Year of Issue 2012
Mintage 5,000

About this coin

The great white shark, scientific name Carcharodon carcharias, also known as the great white, white pointer, white shark, or white death, is a large lamniform shark found in coastal surface waters in all major oceans. The great white shark is known for its size, with the largest individuals known to have approached or exceeded 6 metres (20 ft) in length, and 2,268 kilograms (5,000 lb) in weight. This shark reaches maturity at around 15 years of age and can have a life span of over 30 years.
This coin is .999 pure silver with colour printed and limited to 4,000 coin sets only.

Reverse Design

This depicts a high relief, finely engraved figure of a Great White Shark. The engraving is complemented by colour printing, a porthole style border and unique bite-marks piercing through the coin.

Obverse Design

The Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, sovereign of the Commonwealth and Niue.


Each set is presented in unique gift packaging featuring a water-filled coin case

2012 Great White Shark - 1oz Silver .999 Coin from New Zealand Mint