2021 $1 Australia Zoo Series – Cheetah 1oz .999 Silver Bullion Coin
The 2021 $100 1oz Gold Investment Coin – Cheetah and the 2021 $1 1oz Silver Investment Coin – Cheetah are the second instalment in the Australia Zoo Investment Coin series, following last year’s release of the Sumatran Tiger coins. Native to Africa, cheetahs are also residents at Queensland’s Australia Zoo and are the fastest land animal on the planet.
HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE
The 2021 $100 1oz Gold Investment Coin – Cheetah and the 2021 $1 1oz Silver Investment Coin – Cheetah release follow last year’s release of the Sumatran Tiger investment coins in partnership with Australia Zoo, which sold out in weeks.
Known for their speed, agility and beauty, cheetahs can reach up to 112 kilometers an hour within three seconds. Unlike fellow big cats such as the lion, cheetahs hunt during the day and have black tear marks under their eyes, thought to have an anti-glare effect.
These remarkable creatures are listed as vulnerable by the International Union of Conservation and sadly, there are only 7000 remaining in the wild due to poaching, habitat destruction and predation.
Australia Zoo supports cheetahs’ conservation in South Africa by donating Anatolian shepherd dogs to local farmers that protect their livestock from being preyed upon by cheetahs, reducing the need for farmers to shoot the big cats on sight.
The coins’ striking design is based from photographs taken by Steve Irwin’s son, Robert, at Australia Zoo.
- Second release in the Australia Zoo Series
- Coin’s reverse design is inspired by photographs taken by Steven Irwin’s son, Robert at Australia Zoo
- Coin’s obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II designed by Jody Clark
- Australian legal tender
- Extremely limited mintage!
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