There’s only one animal that is referred to as the true king, and that is the African lion. Known as the King of the Jungle, the lion was a fitting choice for the inaugural release in the new Kings of the Continents Coin Series from the New Zealand Mint. The 2016 1 oz Silver Niue Kings of the Continents African Lion Coin is available in Brilliant Uncirculated condition today on Silver.com.
- Ships to you capsulized in a Kings of the Continents-themed box, complete with a Certificate of Authenticity.
- Total mintage capped at 5,000 coins for this design release.
- First release in the New Zealand Mint’s Kings of the Continents Series.
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Issued a face value of $2 (NZD) by the Niue government.
- Reverse features the imposing African Lion.
- Obverse bears Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait.
- BU graded coin.
Each of the coins in the Kings of the Continents Series from the New Zealand Mint features a different creature representative of a different continent. For the first release in the series, the mint opted to depict the African lion on its brilliant, colorized silver coins.
The African lion is a subspecies of the greater lion species, one of two subspecies that exists in the world. African lions live in family units known as prides, with only one adult male typically living in each pride. The family group also include numerous females and young cubs.
On the obverse of the 2016 1 oz Silver Niue Kings of the Continents African Lion coin is the image of Queen Elizabeth II. Captured in right-profile relief, this image is included along with “Elizabeth II,” “Niue,” “Two Dollars,” and “2016” engraved on the obverse.
The reverse side of the Kings of the Continents African Lion Coin bears a colorized image. The alpha male is depicted on the obverse of the coin with its powerful jaws opened wide as it bellows out a ferocious roar that can no doubt be heard across the grasslands. The only engravings on this face are the weight, purity, and metal content of the coin.
All 2016 1 oz Silver Niue Kings of the Continents African Lion coins in this Silver.com listing are Brilliant Uncirculated specimens. Coins with this grade exhibit no signs of wear and tear, though you may notice some minor flaws like breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, and contact marks.
The New Zealand Mint is a privately owned operation in the city of Auckland. It produces some of the finest coins in the world, but is not associated with the national government, whose coins are produced by the Royal Canadian Mint and the Royal Mint in London.
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