The “Wildlife in Need” coins series supports the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) ongoing conservation and protection efforts for endangered and threated species. A donation of $1.99 is made to the WWF for every “Wildlife in Need” coin purchase.
The Polar Bear is easily recognized by its distinctive shape, from its round posterior to its pointed black nose. Although the bear’s fur looks white, each hair shaft is actually pigment-free and transparent with a hollow core that scatters and reflects visible light, much like what happens with ice and snow.
This sea bear evolved about 200,000 years ago from its brown bear ancestors and is superbly adapted for survival in the Arctic. Five nations have Polar Bear populations including the United States (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Greenland, and Norway.
The main threat to the Polar Bear is the loss of habitat caused by ice loss as a result of climate change. As the Arctic continues to warm, two-thirds of the world's Polar Bears could disappear by mid-century. Other threats include pollution, poaching, industrial developments and unregulated hunting.
In May 2008, the United States Department of the Interior listed the Polar Bear as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act, while Canada and Russia list the Polar Bear as a Species of Concern.
* Struck from 99.9% pure Proof Silver
* Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
* Presentation Packaging
* The 2012 Polar Bear has an extremely limited mintage of only 5,000!
The coin’s reverse depicts two adult Polar Bears and a cub, in color, against an Arctic landscape. The lower reverse comprises a struck design showing a pair of supporting hands, and the inscription WILDLIFE IN NEED – POLAR BEAR.
Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2012 year-date.
Each coin and set is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Each coin is housed in a display case with illustrated shipper.
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