Chatham Crested Penguin 1 oz silver coin, minted by New Zealand Mint in 2020.
Crested penguins were a native species of New Zealand's Chatham Island fauna that became extinct approximately 5 centuries ago with the arrival of the Polynesians. They are known to have existed thanks to a series of fossil bones, although their presence in the collective imagination is made possible by their appearance in series and films.
The design of the coin is, quite simply, spectacular. The cross, on which we see the animal, has two distinct parts: an outer side, on which we find the face value of the coin and its name; and the central side, where the penguin design is and is divided from the previous one by a line that runs around the edge of the coin.
Here we see two penguins walking on a mountainous and icy surface. They appear to be father and son, as the one on the right is smaller and seems to be guarded by the one on the left. In the background is an icy terrain and the sea, as well as a Maori symbol representing the richness and fascination of the cultural heritage of New Zealand's native people.
The level of detail in the drawing is spectacular, and is especially apparent through the fur on the penguin's face and the irregularities of the rock on which they walk.
On the face is the face of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, surrounded by the coin's specifications, the country of issue, the year of issue and the name of the monarch.
This Chatham Crested Penguin coin was minted in 2020 with 1 ounce of 99.99% pure silver, has a diameter of 40 millimetres and a thickness of 3.2 millimetres. Get yours at the best price and we will deliver it to your home with the best facilities!