Blue Butterfly

Niue Islands 2014 - $2 - Blue Butterfly - 1oz LIMITED Silver Coin

No more than 2,000 of the Blue Butterfly silver coins will be issued by New Zealand Mint.
This silver coin with a milled edge is dedicated to Nature.
$92.43

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Country Niue Islands
Year 2014
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 2
Metal Silver
Fineness 999/1000
Weight 1oz - 31,1g
Diameter 40,7 mm
Mintage 20000
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case yes
Price $92.43
Coin Story

‘After netting a small blue butterfly flying around a flowering tree, I realised it was not a species I recognised due to its rather unusual pattern on the underside of both wings. I was very excited about this unexpected find as I knew all the species likely to be encountered on the island of Niue and this was not one of them. When I returned to the Australian Museum I discovered it was indeed a new, undescribed species.’ -Rob Lachlan

Located 2,400 kilometres (1,500 miles) northeast of New Zealand in the midst of the vast Pacific Ocean, is the island paradise that is Niue. With a land area of 269 square kilometres (100 square miles), Niue is both one of the world’s largest raised coral atolls and one of the smallest countries on earth.

The Niue Blue Butterfly (Nacaduba Niueensis) is the only endemic butterfly species found on this remote Pacific island. It was discovered by Australian Museum Research Associate, Mr. Rob Lachlan in 2012. As there are only a small number of endemic plant and animal species, this butterfly has particular importance to the people of Niue.
Reverse Design

This face of the coin features both colour and relief engraved depictions of the Niue Blue Butterfly. These are set against a contrasting polished and matte background design engraved with the butterfly species Latin name.

Obverse Design

This features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Packaging

The Niue Blue Butterfly 1 oz Fine Silver coin is presented inside a stylish classic wooden inner coin packaging, which sits inside a classically themed outer case.

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