2012 Perth Polar Bear, 1oz Proof

$820

Following the Giant Panda and the Orangutan, the Polar Bear is the third release in this exciting series. Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu.

Highlight

  • Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
  • Polar Bear Reverse Design
  • Tuvalu Legal Tender
  • Extremely Limited Mintage – 5,000
  • Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
  • Presentation Packaging
  • $1.99 Donation to WWF
  • Commissioned Product Struck by The Perth Mint

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Description

The Polar Bear is easily recognised by its distinctive shape, from its round posterior to its pointed black nose.  Although the bear’s fur looks white, each hair shaft is actually pigment-free and transparent with a hollow core that scatters and reflects visible light, much like what happens with ice and snow.

This sea bear evolved about 200,000 years ago from its brown bear ancestors and is superbly adapted for survival in the Arctic.  Five nations have Polar Bear populations including the United States (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Greenland, and Norway.

The main threat to the Polar Bear is the loss of habitat caused by ice loss as a result of climate change.  As the Arctic continues to warm, two-thirds of the world’s Polar Bears could disappear by mid-century.  Other threats include pollution, poaching, industrial developments and unregulated hunting.

In May 2008, the United States Department of the Interior listed the Polar Bear as a Threatened Species under theEndangered Species Act, while Canada and Russia list the Polar Bear as a Species of Concern.

Additional information

Fineness (% purity)

99.9

Minimum Gross Weight (g)

31.135

Maximum Diameter (mm)

40.60

Mintage

5,000

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