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Niue 2018 Endangered & Extinct #8 - Powerful Owl $100 1 Troy Ounce Pure Gold Proof with Color and Edge Lettering P06 GX - MINTAGE 150

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Beautiful design, EXCEEDINGLY LOW MINTAGE (only 150), realistic, vibrant colors and a naturalistic scene of an adult Powerful Owl swooping in for the kill make for a great investment, minted in one full troy ounce of pure gold!

Sold out at the Mint! 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. An adult Powerful Owl, its large eyes using the bright light of the full moon overhead, swoops in for the kill in all its endangered glory, beautifully depicted in vibrant full color on this large, extremely low mintage (only 150!) proof, minted in one full troy ounce of pure gold, and presented in a luxurious, highly polished solid wood presentation case!

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Investment Opportunity!We don't merely like this coin, we LOVE this beauty - and here's why!
    • Excruciatingly low mintage - only 150! Extraordinarily rare!
    • Stunningly engraved design depicts a full color, naturalistic portrait of an adult Powerful
    Owl in its natural habitat!
    • Sizable precious metal content: one full troy ounce 99.99% pure gold, 38.61 mm diameter!
    • Subtle use of full color accentuates the wonderfully detailed engraved design!
    • Displayed in a handsome, luxurious, highly polished solid wood presentation case with full-color certificate!

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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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Investment Note
The mintage is just 150 - meaning that a mere one hundred fifty people around the globe will ever be able to own this prestigious, one troy ounce pure gold proof! For the lover of endangered wildlife, the collector who appreciates tremendous design and rarity, and/or the savvy investor, this is the perfect numismatic gold coin!

Struck from a one full troy ounce of .9999 fine gold, and spanning an impressive 38.61 mm in diameter (over 1.5 inches!), this imposing coin represents an appropriate and commanding tribute to these highly endangered avians. Each coin is encapsulated and displayed in a highly polished, wooden presentation case accompanied by a full-color, numbered certificate - and each coin is individually numbered on the edge, making each truly unique! With a ridiculously low mintage of just 150 coins, these impressive gems are already sold out at the Mint!

Like all the releases in the Deadly & Dangerous series, the earliest issues in this series (the Tasmanian Tiger, Wedge-Tailed Eagle, Tasmanian Devil and Green Sea Turtle) sold out handily at the Mint and have increased significantly in value. Given the theme or topic of these coins as well as the woefully inadequate mintage limit of only 150 per release, it's only natural that collectors, investors and speculators have flocked to these beautiful coins and driven the prices skyward!

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Obverse
Stunningly engraved design depicts a full color, naturalistic portrait of an adult Powerful Owl, its large eyes using the bright light of the full moon overhead, swooping in for the kill. 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 drop earrings, was executed by the sculptor Raphael Maklouf. The legend ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear, while the legend 1 OZ 9999 GOLD guarantees the weight and purity.

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

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Specifications
Country Niue
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value 100 Dollars
Weight 31.106 g
Diameter 38.61 mm
Mintage Limit    150
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Raphael Maklouf (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered




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