This coin is the second release in the “Endangered Species” coin series by the New Zealand Mint. Only 2,000 Black Rhino coins are being minted by the New Zealand Mint.
- Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Coin comes packaged inside a crate-shaped inner coin case, which sits inside a rhino-skin textured outer packaging.
- Obverse: Features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse: An endangered Black Rhinoceros dips its head to drink from a watering hole.
In the early 20th century the Black Rhinoceros, Diceros bicornis, was the most plentiful of all Rhino species across the African continent. Between 1970 and 1992, their numbers were severely reduced by over 95% due to organized poaching and black market demand for their horns. By 1993, only 2,300 survived in the wild. Intensive anti-poaching efforts over recent years have had encouraging results. However, the increase in numbers is slow. In 2013, the International Union for Conservation of Nature estimated that approximately 5,055 Black Rhinoceros lived in Eastern and Central Africa.