Blue Iguana XL High Relief

Niue Islands 2012 - $2 - Blue Iguana XL High Relief - 1oz LIMITED Silver Coin

Only 1.000 of these special coins have been issued!
The silver proof coin is dedicated to nature and its inhabitants.
$174.33

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Country Niue Islands
Year 2012
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 2
Metal Silver
Fineness 999/1000
Weight 1oz - 31,1g
Dimensions 54 x 32 mm
Mintage 1000
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case no
Price $174.33
Coin Story

The Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi) is a critically endangered species of lizard of the genus Cyclura.Previously listed as a subspecies of the Cuban Iguana, it was reclassified as a separate species in 2004 because of genetic differences discovered four years earlier. The Blue Iguana is one of the longest-living species of lizard (possibly up to 69 years). The Blue Iguana prefers dwelling in rocky, sunlit, open areas in dry forests or near the shore, as the females must dig holes in the sand to lay eggs in June and July. A possible second clutch is laid in September. The Blue Iguana’s vegetarian diet includes plants, fruits, and flowers. Its coloration is tan to gray with a bluish cast that is more pronounced during the breeding season and more so in males. It is large and heavy-bodied with a dorsal crest of short spines running from the base of the neck to the end of the tail. The fossil record indicates that the Blue Iguana was abundant before European colonization; but fewer than 15 animals remained in the wild by 2003, and this wild population was predicted to become extinct within the first decade of the 21st century. These iguanas, when happy, exhibit a beautiful turquoise blue color. When they are cold or stressed, they are green. The irises of their eyes tend to be a deep reddish-brown, and they generally have black skin surrounding the scales on their bodies, heads, tails and dewlaps.

Reverse Design

The reverse of the oval shaped coin captures a closeup of the blue Iguana in high relief.

Obverse Design

This features the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the issuing country, the denomination and the issuing year.

Packaging

The Blue Iguana XL High Relief silver coin comes encapsulated with a certificate of authenticity.

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