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Niue 2018 Year of the Dog Chinese Lunar Zodiac - German Shepherd Family Gilded $8 5 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Ultra High Relief Proof with 24-Karat Gold Plating GX P08 - MINTAGE 500

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Celebrate 2018, the Year of the Dog, with this family of German Shepherds - dad, mom and puppy - on this huge, ULTRA LOW MINTAGE (only 500), 5 ounce pure silver proof, gilded with 24-karat gold plating and numbered on the edge with its unique serial number!

The German Shepherd family is the fifth annual release in this most sought after series - don't miss out, get yours now!

Sold out at the Mint!We don't merely like this coin, we LOVE this beauty - and here's why!
    • Tremendously low mintage - only 500!
    • Stunningly engraved design features a German Shepherd family - mom, dad and puppy!
    • HUGE size - five troy ounces pure silver, 65 mm in diameter!
    • Ultra high relief highlighted in 24-karat pure gold gilding!
Investment Opportunity!    • Each coin is individually numbered on the edge (matches certificate number),
    making each coin truly unique!
    • Each coin is displayed in a handsome, luxurious, highly polished solid wood
    presentation case!

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This extremely popular annual series of $8 5 Troy Oz Silver Proofs always sells out at the mint on pre-release. They also appreciate significantly in value. Don't bark up the wrong tree and suffer disappointment - get this beauty now!

A loyal German ShepherdWhat a tremendous work of numismatic art - a German Shepherd family is beautifully portrayed in stunning realistic detail. The father German Shepherd patrols the rocky crest of a ridge, while mother and puppy rest in the shade of a tree. The engraving is so fine, the detailing so intricate, that every hair of the father German Shepherd's coat can be seen! All are minted in ultra high relief! Struck from a HUGE five troy ounces of .999 pure silver, and spanning a massive 65 mm in diameter (nearly 3 inches!), this imposing coin represents an appropriate and commanding tribute on the Year of the Dog! This dynamically rendered canine family couldn't be more charming, with the big dog himself in the center gilded with 24-karat gold! Each coin is encapsulated and displayed in a highly finished, wooden presentation case accompanied by a numbered certificate - and each coin is individually numbered on the edge, making each truly unique! With a ridiculously low mintage of just 500 coins, these friendly pups are already sold out at the Mint!

The Year of the Dog - Loyal, Friendly Intelligent!

Centuries ago, the Chinese invented a calendar based on the lunar (rather than the solar) cycle. There are twelve animals in the Chinese lunar zodiac, each corresponding in sequence to a year rather than a month.

Those born in the years 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 celebrate the Year of the Dog - man's best friend! According to tradition, people born during a Year of the Dog are said to exhibit that animal’s attributes.  They are loyal, honest, intelligent, straightforward and faithful, and possess a strong sense of righteousness. This large coin features a German Shepherd, an intelligent and protective breed that bonds strongly with its owner.

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An intelligent, loyal and hard-working German Shepherd Dog, one of the Working Dogs.Intelligent, Loyal - And EXTREMELY Popular!
The German Shepherd Dog (also known as an Alsatian or Deutscher Schäferhund) is a breed of large-sized dog that originated in Germany. The German Shepherd is a relatively new breed of dog, with its origin dating to 1899. The breed is a working dog originally developed for herding and guarding sheep. Because of its strength, intelligence and abilities in obedience training it is often employed in police and military roles around the world. German Shepherds currently account for nearly 5% of all dogs registered with the American Kennel Club. Due to its loyal and protective nature, the German Shepherd is one of the most registered of breeds.

The German Shepherd first gained international recognition following World War I, after returning soldiers spoke highly of the breed, and animal actors Rin Tin Tin and Strongheart popularized the breed further through the medium of moving pictures. As time progressed, their popularity increased gradually until 1993, when they became the third most popular breed in the United States. As of 2009, German Shepherds had climbed to the second most popular in the US. Additionally, the breed is typically among the most popular in other registries. The German Shepherd Dog's physique is very well suited to athletic competition, so they commonly compete in shows and competitions such as agility trials.

A loyal, intelligent and hard-working German Shepherd Dog, one of the working dogs, undergoing military training in the United States Air Force (USAF).German Shepherds were bred specifically for their intelligence, a trait for which they are now renowned. They are considered to be the third most intelligent breed of dog, behind only Border Collies and Poodles. In the book The Intelligence of Dogs, author Stanley Coren found that they had the ability to learn simple tasks after only five repetitions, and obeyed the first command given 95% of the time. Coupled with their strength, this trait makes the breed desirable as police, guard, and search and rescue dogs, as they are able to quickly learn various tasks and interpret instructions better than other large breeds.

German Shepherds are highly active dogs, and described in breed standards as self-assured and confident. The breed is marked by a willingness to learn and an eagerness to have a purpose. Shepherds have a loyal nature and bond well with people they know. However, they can become over-protective of their family and territory, especially if not socialized correctly. They are not inclined to become immediate friends with strangers. German Shepherds are highly intelligent and obedient and some people think they require a "firm hand", but more recent research into training methods has shown they respond as well, if not better, to positive reward based training methods.

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A pair of loyal, intelligent and hard-working German Shepherd Dogs, one of the working dog breeds, high in the mountains.And A Hard Worker!
German Shepherds are a very popular choice for use as working dogs. They are especially well known for their police work, being used for tracking criminals, patrolling troubled areas, and detection and holding of suspects. Additionally thousands of German Shepherds have been used by the military. Usually trained for scout duty, they are used to warn soldiers to the presence of enemies or of booby traps or other hazards. Incredibly, German Shepherds have been trained by military groups to parachute from aircraft.

The German Shepherd Dog is one of the most widely used breeds in a wide variety of scent-work roles. These include search and rescue, cadaver searching, narcotics detection, explosives detection, accelerant detection, and mine detection dog, among others. They are suited for these lines of work because of their keen sense of smell and their ability to work regardless of distractions.

At one time the German Shepherd Dog was the breed chosen almost exclusively to be used as a guide dog for the visually impaired. In recent years, Labrador and Golden Retrievers have been more widely used for this work, although there are still German Shepherds being trained. A versatile breed, they excel in this field due to their strong sense of duty, their mental abilities, their fearlessness, and their attachment to their owner.

German Shepherd Dogs are used for herding and tending sheep grazing in meadows next to gardens and crop fields. They are expected to patrol the boundaries to keep sheep from trespassing and damaging the crops. In Germany and other places these skills are tested in herding utility dog trials also known as HGH (Herdengebrauchshund).

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Obverse
Dramatic high relief with individually numbered serial number edge lettering!A German Shepherd family is beautifully portrayed in stunning realistic detail. The father German Shepherd patrols the rocky crest of a ridge, while mother and puppy rest in the shade of a tree. The big dog himself in the center is highlighted in selective 24-karat gold plating! The Chinese word for "Dog" is also gilded, while the legend YEAR OF THE DOG defines the theme.

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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 drop earrings, was executed by the sculptor Raphael Maklouf. The legend ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear, while the legend 5 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Packaging

The coin is encapsulated inside a highly polished, solid wood, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by an outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
A loyal, intelligent and hard-working German Shepherd Dog, one of the working dogs, performing urban search and rescue work.
Country Niue
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value 8 Dollars
Weight 157.60 g
Diameter 65 mm
Mintage Limit     500
   
Finish Proof with Selective 24-Karat Gold Plating (Gilding)
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded) with Serial Number Edge Lettering
   
Certificate Individually Numbered

Niue
Niue is a small island nation in the South Pacific. Although it is completely self-governing and independent, it remains in free association with New Zealand, a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, hence the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its coinage. The country is located about 1,450 miles northeast of New Zealand. It is closest to Samoa, Tonga, and the Cook Islands. It is one of the largest coral islands in the world, with a total area of 260 square kilometers. Niueans are predominantly Polynesian; most are bilingual, speaking both Niuean and English.

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