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 Black Rhinoceros is characterized by its sizeable frame and distinctive horns. This magnificent species is thought to have poor sight, but a good sense of smell and hearing, and is believed to live between 40 to 50 years of age.
Over time, the poaching of the animal for its horns has escalated and remains the creature’s greatest threat. The Black Rhinoceros is classified as critically endangered, and one subspecies, the Western Black Rhinoceros, was declared extinct by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in 2011.
Political instability and wars have also severely hampered rhinoceros conservation work in Africa. This situation has exacerbated the trade in rhino horn and increased incidents of poverty-induced poaching. Habitat loss and changes have also contributed to the population’s decline. It is now more important than ever to safeguard the future of this unique species.
* Struck from 99.9% pure Proof Silver
* Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
* Presentation Packaging
* The 2012 Black Rhinoceros has an extremely limited mintage of only 5,000!
The coin’s reverse features an adult Black Rhinoceros and calf in color, against an African savannah backdrop. The lower reverse comprises a struck design showing a pair of supporting hands. The inscription WILDLIFE IN NEED – BLACK RHINOCEROS is also incorporated into the design.
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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