New Zealand Mint Releases Snow Leopard and Ferdinand Magellan Silver Coins


The New Zealand Mint has issued new silver coins for two of its ongoing series: “Endangered Species” and “Journeys of Discovery.” The new coins, featuring the Snow Leopard and Ferdinand Magellan, respectively, are each composed of .999 silver and have mintages limited to 2,000 pieces.


The Endangered Species – Snow Leopard 1 oz. Silver Proof Coin and has a reverse that carries an image of a snow leopard leaping toward its prey in the mountains of Central and South Asia; it is estimated that there are less than 7,000 of these animals left in the wild. Inscribed near the rim is SNOW LEOPARD and 1 OZ 999 FINE SILVER.


The obverse of the coin features Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, with the inscriptions ELIZABETH II, TWO DOLLARS, 2016, and NIUE, the country of issue. The coin, priced at $85.00, comes packaged in a wooded crate case, modeled after a container used to transport protected animals.



The Ferdinand Magellan 2 oz Fine Silver Coin honors the leader of the first fleet to circumnavigate the globe. The coin bears an antique finish and is sculpted in high relief; its obverse features an image of Magellan encountering a Pacific islander on his trip around the world. Inscribed on banners near the rim are FERDINAND MAGELLAN and 2 OZ 999 FINE SILVER.

The obverse also features Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Inscribed on this side of the coin is ELIZABETH II, FIVE DOLLARS, 2016, and NIUE. The coin measures 40 mm in diameter and comes in packaging that aims to recreate shipping materials of the early 16th century.

For more information on these and other new releases from the New Zealand Mint, please visit the Mint’s Web site.

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