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Tuvalu 2017-P Polar Babies #1 - Polar Bear Baby Cub 50 Cents Pure Silver Half Dollar Proof with Color P02

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Get this FIRST in a new series that celebrates five different offspring from the North and South Poles - Polar Babies! Frolic with this curious and adorably cute polar bear cub as he timidly walks over the snow, exploring the frozen wastes somewhere north of the Arctic circle, on this affordable, full color, pure silver half dollar!

Cute, cute CUTE! What could be more adorable than Polar Babies? Join us on this wildlife extravaganza as we sojourn to the frigid lands of the Arctic and Antarctic in search of the cutest little furballs on the planet! Talisman Coins and the Perth Mint (Australia's precious metals experts) are proud to bring you this heart-warming new series, entitled Polar Babies. These pure silver proofs with full color wildlife imagery capture the fun and tenderness of the animal kingdom - even in the frozen wastes! The very low mintage limit of just 5,000 per critter makes each heartwarming scene that much more desirable! Extremely attractive and affordable - delay now and repent later!

Tuvalu 2017 Polar Babies #1 - Polar Bear Baby Cub 50 Cents Pure Silver Half Dollar Proof with Color Outer BoxThe five Polar Babies planned for this series are:

    1)  Polar Bear Cub
    2)  Emperor Penguin Chick
    3)  Arctic Fox Kit
    4)  Harp Seal Pup
    5)  Sea Otter Pup

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Please see the articles lower in this presentation for a more detailed natural history of the proud polar bear!

The Quintessentially Canadian (and American!) Polar Bear
The polar bear is the largest terrestrial carnivore in the world. It is threatened by hunting, polution, habitat loss and global warming.For many North Americans, the profile of a polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is as recognizably Canadian as the shape of a maple leaf or the silhouette of a Canada goose. Canada’s polar bears comprise more than half of the entire world's population, since they live primarily in the coastal regions of the Arctic, depending upon sea ice to hunt the ringed seal. The polar bear’s adaptations to its carnivorous lifestyle in the frozen north include a thick layer of subcutaneous fat, dense water-repellent fur the color of snow, fur on the bottoms of its paws for traction and warmth, sharp claws, and an elongated body and huge forepaws that make polar bears great swimmers.

As of 2008, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) reports that the global population of polar bears is only 20,000 to 25,000, and is declining. In 2006, the IUCN upgraded the polar bear from a species of least concern to a vulnerable species. It cited a "suspected population reduction of great than 30% within three generations (45 years)", due primarily to global warming. Other risks to the polar bear include pollution in the form of toxic contaminants, conflicts with shipping, stresses from recreational polar-bear watching, and oil and gas exploration and development. The IUCN also cited a "potential risk of over-harvest" through legal and illegal hunting.

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The polar bear is the largest terrestrial carnivore in the world. It is threatened by hunting, polution, habitat loss and global warming. The Polar Bear Cub Pure Silver Proof is the first release in the adorable and highly popular Polar Babies Program, to be released by the Perth Mint. Coins featuring the following Arctic offspring include:

    1)  Polar Bear Cub
    2)  Emperor Penguin Chick
    3)  Arctic Fox Kit
    4)  Harp Seal Pup
    5)  Sea Otter Pup

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Technology Note
The Perth Mint of Australia employs its own proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The vibrant hues and precise execution of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.

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Polar Babies #1 - Polar Bear Baby Cub Silver ProofObverse
Frolic with this curious and adorably cute polar bear cub as he timidly walks over the snow, exploring the frozen wastes somewhere north of the Arctic circle. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed near the rim. The legend defines the theme: POLAR BEAR. The legend 1/2 OZ 9999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a handsome taupe leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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SpecificationsThe polar bear is the largest terrestrial carnivore in the world. It is threatened by hunting, polution, habitat loss and global warming.
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2017
   
Face Value 50 Cents
Weight 15.553 g
Diameter 32.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)     3.10 mm
Mintage Limit    5,000
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Natasha Muhl (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

The Largest Terrestrial Carnivore - Endangered
The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is a bear native largely within the Arctic circle encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is the world's largest land carnivore and also the largest bear (together with the omnivorous Kodiak bear, which is approximately the same size). An adult male weighs between 770 and 1,500 pounds (350–680 kg), while an adult female is about half that size. Although it is closely related to the brown bear, the polar bear has evolved to occupy a narrow ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice, and open water, and for hunting the seals which make up most of its diet. Although most polar bears are born on land, they spend most of their time at sea (hence their scientific name meaning "maritime bear") and can hunt consistently only from sea ice, so they spend much of the year on the frozen sea.

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The polar bear is the largest terrestrial carnivore in the world. It is threatened by hunting, polution, habitat loss and global warming. As of 2008, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) reports that the global population of polar bears is only 20,000 to 25,000, and is declining. In 2006, the IUCN upgraded the polar bear from a species of least concern to a vulnerable species. It cited a "suspected population reduction of great than 30% within three generations (45 years)", due primarily to global warming. Other risks to the polar bear include pollution in the form of toxic contaminants, conflicts with shipping, stresses from recreational polar-bear watching, and oil and gas exploration and development. The IUCN also cited a "potential risk of over-harvest" through legal and illegal hunting.

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A little good news - on 15 May 2008, the United States listed the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and banned all importing of polar bear trophies. Importing products made from polar bears had been prohibited from 1972 to 1994 under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and restricted between 1994 and 2008. Under those restrictions, permits from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service were required to import sport-hunted polar bear trophies taken in hunting expeditions in Canada. The permit process required that the bear be taken from an area with quotas based on sound management principles. Since 1994, more than 800 sport-hunted polar bear trophies have been imported into the U.S.

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Unfortunately, Canada has not followed suite with a hunting ban. The territory of Nunavut accounts for 80% of Canadian kills. In 2005, the government of Nunavut increased the quota from 400 to 518 bears, despite protests from some scientific groups. In two areas where harvest levels have been increased based on increased sightings, science-based studies have indicated declining populations, and a third area is considered data-deficient. While most of that quota is hunted by the indigenous Inuit people, a growing share is sold to recreational hunters (0.8% in the 1970s, 7.1% in the 1980s, and 14.6% in the 1990s). The Government of the Northwest Territories maintain their own quota of 72–103 bears within the Inuvialuit communities of which some are set aside for sports hunters.

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The Island Nation of Tuvalu
Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbors are Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji. It is comprised of four reef islands and five true atolls. Its population of 11,992 makes it the third-least populated independent country in the world, with only Vatican City and Nauru having fewer inhabitants. It is also the second-smallest member by population of the United Nations. In terms of physical land size, at just 10 square miles Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, larger only than the Vatican City, Monaco and Nauru.

The first inhabitants of Tuvalu were Polynesian people, who arrived about 3000 years go. The islands came under Great Britain's sphere of influence in the late 19th century. The Ellice Islands were administered by Britain as part of a protectorate from 1892 to 1916 and as part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony from 1916 to 1974. In 1974 the Ellice Islanders voted for separate British dependency status as Tuvalu, separating from the Gilbert Islands which became Kiribati upon independence. Tuvalu became fully independent within The Commonwealth in 1978. with Queen Elizabeth II as titular head of state.

Because Tuvalu has few natural resources it has been dependent in recent years upon aid from larger, more developed nations, including Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The Perth Mint of Australia is officially commissioned by the government of Tuvalu to produce legal tender coinage for the island nation.

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