Niue – 2018 – 5 Dollar – The Beast’s Skull – Endangered Asiatic Lion

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Issuing Country Niue
Year of Issue 2018
Face Value 5 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight 2 oz
Diameter 40 mm
Quality Antique
Mintage 500
Scope of Delivery Box
Special features


This high relief 3D lifelike coin series honours
endangered beasts in Asia, featuring half the
endangered beast’s head and half its skull. The
first coin in the series features Asiatic Lion, a
large predatory cat, which is an endangered
lion species native in India. Its skin tears in the
middle revealing the lion skull on the right. Its
fur is heavily speckled with black spots and it
has a longitudinal fold of skin running along its
belly. Due to its predatory nature, Asiatic lions
are often hunted and poisoned to protect
domestic animals from the lion’s predation.
The coin bears an ultra-high relief effect in
antique finishing that is masterfully crafted to
bring to life the Asiatic Lion.
The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley and is
legal tender in Niue. The coin is presented in a
matching thematic gift box.