Coin Invest Trust released the 10th and last coin from its COTY Award-Winning Wildlife Series for Mongolia. The final coin in the series features a Gobi Bear and is available in two versions. The 1 oz 500 Togrog 0.999 Silver Coin with Crystal inlay in Antique Finish has a diameter of 38.61 mm and a mintage limit of 2,500 pieces. The 0.5 grams 1000 Togrog .9999 Gold coin in Proof Finish has a diameter of 11 millimetres and a mintage limit of 15,000 pieces. Both the coins have been struck at B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprageanstalt, Munich.
The obverse features Central Bank of Mongolia’s logo, Latin lettering MONGOLIA; denomination in Cyrillic lettering, weight and fineness. The reverse of the silver coin features a detailed image of the Mongolian Gobi Bear’s face along with other inscriptions WILDLIFE PROTECTION 2019 and URSUS ARCTOS GOBIENSIS. The reverse of the gold coin features a standing Gobi Bear against a steppe landscape along with other inscriptions WILDLIFE PROTECTION, GOBI BEAR and 2019.
The first coin from the WILDLIFE PROTECTION series was released in 2007 and features “Gulo Gulo”. It received the best silver coin award by Krause and was also selected as Coin of the Year. The second coin featuring “Ural Owl” received the COTY for “most popular coin”. These coins also include advanced security features.
The eyes of the animals featured on coins from this series are made of two coloured Swarovski crystal elements. All coins in the series feature a beautifully created close-up image of the animal’s face.
The Gobi Bear is commonly found in the Mongolian Gobi Desert. It feeds on roots, berries and plants mostly, and not on large mammals. They are relatively smaller than bears from other species and can weigh up to 100 kilos. Only 30 adult Gobi Bears exist today and they are considered to be critically endangered species.
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