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Armenia 2007 Endangered Species - Armenian Mountain Viper 100 Dram Silver Proof with Color

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Collect and celebrate the endangered wildlife of Armenia with these extremely low mintage silver proofs!

Sold out at the Mint!The Armenian Mountain Viper is a venomous snake found in regions of the Caucasus Mountains, including Turkey and Iran. It is a reclusive reptile, preferring areas far from human activity. Its main prey consists of small rodents, including rabbits. It is well camouflaged for the hunt, its brown Mountain_Viper.jpgand dun colored scales and interesting patterning helping to conceal it. Although it has long been known that the mountain viper is poisonous, the lethality of its toxin is only now being investigated scientifically in Armenian universities.

The Armenian Mountain Viper is known by a number of common names, including the rock viper, Radde's mountain viper, Armenian viper and Armenian adder. It is a member of the family Vipera, which constitutes the true or Old World vipers or adders. These snakes lack the heat-sensing pits of the pit vipers, though they also have heat sensitive organs in their nose.

Although not critically endangered over much of its range, it is seen less frequently in Armenia than it used to be, and has found its way onto the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) red list, as well as the protected species list of the Berne Convention for the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Resources.

This is the seventh entry in the ongoing "Wild World of the Caucasus - Endangered Species of Armenia" coin program. Each coin features an animal that is on the Red Book of Armenia endangered or protected species list. This fact is well-illustrated on each coin by the two red lines that underscore the animal's names in Latin and Armenian.

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Investment Note
This coin has a total mintage of only 3,000, which is very low for such a reasonably-priced silver proof. Taking into account the large size (nearly 39 mm in diameter, or crown-sized), the animal theme featuring an endangered species, the colorization, and the beauty of the design, we feel that this is a great buy-and-hold for any numismatic portfolio.

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Obverse

COAT OF ARMS OF ARMENIAA superbly realistic depiction of the endangered Armenian Mountain Viper, on the prowl for a meal in its native rocky scrub land. The scientific (Latin genus and species) name VIPERA RADDEI appears above and the animal's Armenian name appears below, while the red stripes underscoring the names emphasize its endangered status.

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Reverse
In the center, the national coat of arms of Armenia. The legend REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA in English and Armenian, as well as the date of issue and the denomination are also indicated.

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Packaging

Each coin is encapsulated and is technically described as "Brilliant Uncirculated." However, the coins exhibit fully-mirrored fields and frosted cameo relief on the designs. We believe that these are therefore proof-finish commemoratives, struck with proof dies on specially-prepared proof planchets.

Specifications
Country Armenia
Year of Issue 2007
Issuing Authority   Central Bank of Armenia
Minted By Mennica Polska, the Mint of Poland
   
Face Value 100 Dram
Weight 28.28 g
Diameter 38.61 mm
Mintage Limit 3,000
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .925 Fine (Sterling) Silver
Edge Plain
Packaging Encapsulated

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