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Tuvalu 2018 Endangered & Extinct #8 - Powerful Owl $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color P10

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Beautiful endangered wildlife design, EXCEEDINGLY LOW MINTAGE (only 5,000), vibrant color and the ever-popular Owl thememake the Powerful Owl Silver Proof a great pure silver dollar investment!

The Endangered & Extinct Series from the Perth Mint (Australia's precious metals experts) is proving to be as desirable as the equally popular Deadly & Dangerous Series. The eight entry in this ongoing and ever-popular Endangered & Extinct Series calls attention to the endangered status of Australia's largest owl, the aptly named Powerful Owl. A multi-colored adult powerful owl is depicted in all its endangered glory, with a second powerful owl in full flight in the background, both beautifully rendered on this large, low mintage, vibrant full color, pure silver dollar.

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The Powerful Owl
The powerful owl (Ninox strenua) is a species of owl native to south-eastern and eastern Australia, the largest owl on the Southern continent. It is found in coastal areas, east of the Great Dividing Range, and  rarely more than 200 km (120 mi) inland. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species also refers to this species as the powerful boobook; however, this is not used as a common name in Australia.

The powerful owl has a long tail and a small head, lending it an atypical silhouette for an owl and imparting a more hawk-like appearance than any other large owl. The protruding bill and distinct brow ridges enhance the hawk-like appearance of the species. The facial disc is ill-defined. The upper parts are a dark gray-brown color, mottled and barred with whitish. The underparts are white with bold gray-brown V-shaped barring. The tail has six narrow white bars contrasting with gray-brown. This species has large yellow eyes, with grayish feathering down to the base of the toes and feet of a dull yellow color. They are aptly named, with very powerful and heavy claws. This owl is the largest species of the "hawk owl" group found in much of Asia and the Australasian region, all included in the genus Ninox. It can be considered, along with its sister species the rufous owl (Ninox rufa), as Australia's analogue to the Bubo genus.

The male powerful owl's song is an impressive low, rather mournful-sounding and far-carrying double-hoot, whoo-hooo, each note lasting a few seconds at least, broken up by a brief silence and the second note being usually higher pitched than the first. The female has a similar call but has a higher pitched voice. Duets are not infrequently heard at the onset of breeding. Unpaired males frequently call much more regularly than paired ones.

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Please see the presentation lower on this page for more information about Tuvalu and its association with Australia.

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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Obverse
A full color, naturalistic portrait of an adult Powerful Owl in its native habitat, with another flying in the background. The legend POWERFUL OWL 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 earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear, while the legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside an elegant, luxury presentation case made of highly polished wood with birds-eye inlay, with black velvet and satin interior, and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.107 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)      
4.00 mm
Mintage Limit    5,000
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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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