This ten piece collection was officially released on June 10, 2001 in Mexico City, and was authorized by decree published in the Diario Oficial on Jan 6, 2000.
This ten piece .999 fine silver set of coins in BU honor ten various animals, mammals, and birds found in Mexico that are in danger of being extinct. These are 31.103 grams, 40mm in diameter. These coins all have a common obverse. This design with a large modern style coat of arms that has been used in various styles throughout Mexico's history. This is surrounded by ten different styles of the Mexican coat of arms that has been used over the years. The authorized mintage for these coins is 50,000.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this collection will go to promoting the continuance of these endangered species.
The ten species represented on these coins area s follows:
This great eagle has been the symbol of Mexico since the Aztec period continuing until today. The eagle's normal habitat is in the northern regions of Mexico. They uysually are 90 centimeters lenght, and have a 2.5 meter wingspan.
This animal is known in the United States as an American anatelope. It is one of the most endangered species of all, with less then 1,000 in existence with-in Mexico. The name "berrendo" is derived from the two colors of its short hair. This animal, which can reach speeds of up to 90 kilometers per hour, is found in the United States as well as in Canada.
This, the largest reptile of Mexico, can be found along the coastal rivers of the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. They can live up to 60 years and can reach 5 meters in length.
This animal can be found in the rivers, lakes and lagoons as far south as Argentina. The otter is of the skunk family.
This animal, which is also indigenous to Canada and the United States, can weigh up to 150 kilograms.
This animal can be found in the rivers and coastlines from the United States down to Brazil. some live up to 70 years and can weigh one ton. Only about 300 exist within Mexico today due to the river contamination and the illegal hunting of these animals.
This animal, which was worshipped by the ancient Mayan culture, can be found in the jungles of southern Mexico to Argentina.
This eagle, which can be found in the jungles of southern Mexico to nothern Argentina, can achieve a wingspan of 2 meters. Very few harpy eagles have been seen for a number of years.
This rabbit is found only in Mexico and in the wooded mountainous regions of the Mexico basin. It is known as the "rabbit of the volcanoes," which is the meaning of its name. Adults can get to 30 centimeters in length and weigh 500 grams.
These tiny animals can be found in the meadows and pastures from southern Canada to northern Mexico. Numerous at one time they are now considered in danger of extinction.
A collector's album is available for these sets. Issued in Spanish, the albums have slots for each coin and a descriptive sheet for the overall collection and each of the animals depicted on the coins.
These sets with or without the albums can be ordered from us and the cost, postpaid is:
10 piece set $250.00
10 piece set with album $275.00
Price of 10 piece set without album $250.00, album is $25.00. Postage as per terms.
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