This coin is part of the “Endangered Species” coin series by the New Zealand Mint. Only 2,000 Venerable Collared Lizard coins are being minted, adding collectible appeal to the selective coloring to show the dry conditions in which the lizard lives.
- Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Coin comes inside a crate-shaped inner coin case.
- Obverse: Features the Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse: A Venerable Collared Lizard set against a desert-like environment.
- Guaranteed by the New Zealand Mint.
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The Venerable Collared Lizard, or Crotaphytus antiquus, is a species of lizard endemic to Northern Mexico. Listed as endangered by the IUCN, this species is saxicolous (lives among rocks), often found on rocky outcrops in desert scrub areas.
The lizard gets its name from the band around its neck resembling the collar of a shirt. They have a distinct skin pattern of various earthy tones that act as camouflage, which, when coupled with speed and the ability to leap long distances, assist in escaping predators.
The declining population of this species has been linked to ongoing habitat degradation, mainly due to gravel extraction for building materials in nearby urban areas. There is an urgent need to conserve the Venerable Collared Lizard’s habitat within a limited range and for awareness of this species to be raised.