2015 Niue 1 oz Silver Mountain Gorilla
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This coin is the fourth release in the “Endangered Species” series by the New Zealand Mint. Only 2,000 Mountain Gorilla coins are being minted by the New Zealand Mint.
- Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Coin comes packaged inside a crate-shaped case, which sits inside forest green outer packaging.
- Obverse: Features the Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the year 2015.
- Reverse: Shows an endangered Mountain Gorilla looking out over its territory, mirrored in the finely engraved water.
- Guaranteed by the New Zealand Mint.
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Today, it is estimated that there are only 700 mountain gorillas, Gorilla beringei beringei, remaining on Earth. These live at altitudes of up to 4,000 m (13,100 ft) in the mountains of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. As humans have moved into the gorillas’ territory, they have been pushed further up into the mountains for long periods, forcing them to endure deadly conditions.
In the forests, gorillas find shelter and food such as roots, fruits and tree bark. They are usually found on the ground in communities of up to 30 individuals. These “troops” are highly organized under a dominant adult male, known as a Silverback, who will organize activities such as eating and moving about the home range. When challenged, the Silverback will give an impressive display of physical power, standing upright, throwing things, charging and pounding his huge chest. Despite these displays, gorillas are generally nonaggressive unless they are disturbed.
At birth a mountain gorilla will only weigh around 2 kg (4.5 lbs). From an early age these infants will ride on their mother’s back.
Over the past century, mountain gorillas have endured decades of war, hunting, habitat destruction and disease. This bleak outlook has brightened in recent years due to conservation efforts which have seen an encouraging increase in population numbers.
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