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2015 Florida Natives – Florida Panther

2015 Florida Natives – Florida Panther

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2015 Florida Natives - Florida Panther

Second in Florida Natives series – Only 1,000 Minted!

The new 2015 Florida Natives coin featuring the endangered Florida Panther is now in stock and ready for shipping! Almost half of the 1,000 mintage sold this past weekend at the FUN Show in Orlando! Presently ALL of the NGC certified examples have exclusive MCM designed labels that read “FUN SHOW RELEASES,” signifying that these coins were graded for release at the FUN Show.

Each coin – whether graded or ungraded – will also come with a hand-signed certificate of authenticity and the original Perth Mint display box.

What’s more, although the mintage is lower on this coin than the 1st coin in the series (American Alligator), we are offering them at the same low issue price!

We have a limited stock of the 2014 American Alligator coins remaining, and are offering those as a special two-coin set with the new Panther coin at a very special price. Act quickly, a sellout of both is inevitable. 

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2015 Tuvalu Florida’s Natives Florida Panther Colorized Silver $1 Dollar

The 2015 Tuvalu Florida’s Natives Florida Panther Colorized Silver $1 Dollar is the second coin that will be released in the Florida Natives Coin Series by online coin & precious metals dealer, ModernCoinMart (MCM). It is a coin series that commemorates Florida Native Wildlife.

2015 Tuvalu Florida's Natives Florida Panther Colorized Silver $1 Dollar Obverse

2015 Tuvalu Florida’s Natives Florida Panther Silver Dollar – Reverse

2015 Tuvalu Florida's Natives Florida Panther Colorized Silver $1 Dollar Reverse

2015 Tuvalu Florida’s Natives Florida Panther Silver Dollar – Obverse

The Florida Panther coin is set to be released at the 2015 FUN Show, or more formally known as the 2015 Florida United Numismatists convention, which will be held January 8-11 in the OCCC West Building, Hall WD, Orlando, Florida. The first coin in the Florida Natives Coin Series, the 2014 Tuvalu Florida’s Natives American Alligator Colorized Silver $1 Dollar, was released by ModernCoinMart (MCM) at the 2014 FUN Show.

Beyond the inscriptions, the second coin in the Florida Natives Coin Series, the extremely limited 2015 Tuvalu Florida’s Natives Florida Panther Colorized Silver $1 Dollar, features the endangered Florida panther in its natural habitat in South Florida on the reverse of the coin, while Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II features on the obverse of the coin.

The Florida Panther

The Florida panther, also known outside the southeastern United States and Florida as the catamount, cougar, mountain lion and puma, is an endangered subspecies of cougar (Puma concolor) of which only an estimated 160 remain in the wild today.

Florida Panther

Florida Panther – Image Source: gettyimages

This is mainly due to the fact that its habitat, namely hardwood hammocks, mix swamp forests and pinelands in Southern Florida, is threatened by human encroachment or human destruction of its habitat. In essence, an invasion by humans of the living space the Florida panther needs to survive.

Many also get killed on roads in collisions with vehicles. A record of 20 Florida panthers were killed so far this year while crossing the road. Nonetheless, there seems to be hope: “Thanks to Defenders’ efforts, a Roadside Animal Detection System (RADS) was installed in January 2012 along a deadly stretch of US-41 that crosses the Big Cypress National Preserve and is currently being monitored to determine whether it is effective in detecting big cats. If effective, the technology may be used to protect panthers and other wildlife in additional parts of Florida” (Defenders.org).

Great progress is being made in the protection of the Florida panther, especially considering that there were only an estimated 20 in the wild in the 1970s. Nonetheless, the fight for the panther’s survival is far from over, especially considering that it is listed on Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species List, where it has a FE or Federally-designated Endangered status.

The FE status means that the panther, as it is exclusively known in Florida and the southeastern United States, counts among “animal or plant species, subspecies or varieties in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of their range. These are considered “Federally-listed” or “listed” because a final rule has been published in the Federal Register” (Bureau of Land Management). It should therefore not come as much of a surprise that it was chosen as the Florida state animal in 1982.

Taxonomic Status

Interesting enough, the Florida panther’s taxonomic status of Puma concolor coryi or Puma concolor couguar, remains unresolved. Taxonomy refers to “the science of defining groups of biological organisms on the basis of shared characteristics and giving names to those groups” (Wikipedia).  Despite this, it doesn’t affect the panther’s legal conservation status, which means it will be protected regardless of the biological designation given to it by humans.

Natural Enemies

It is interesting to note that the alligator, more specifically the American alligator, the animal featured on the first coin in the Florida Natives Coin Series, is a natural predator of the Florida panther.

The above makes sense to at least some extent, especially when one considers that while the Florida panther is large, it is certainly more closely related to small cats (lynx and housecats) than to other big cats (lions and tigers). E.g. adult males can weigh up to 160 pounds (73 kg), which is heavy, but probably not heavy enough when on the wrong side of an American alligator, especially considering that an adult American alligator can easily pull the scale at 790 pounds (360 kg) or higher.

American alligator

American Alligator – Natural Predator of Florida Panther

In fact, it gets even more interesting, the American alligator counts among hares, mice, waterfowl, storks, white-tailed deer, wild boar and various other animals that are considered prey of the Florida panther.

Thus, it may be a case of American alligators that are hunting, killing and eating young Florida panthers, while adult Florida panthers return the favor by hunting, killing and eating small alligators (or vice versa).

Will adult Florida panthers and American alligators hunt, kill and eat each other? It is probably highly unlikely, despite the mentioned weight differences. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Blue Eyes

It is said that Florida panthers are typically born with blue eyes and come standard with spots. This while their eye color change to yellow as they grow older and the spots fade to make room for a completely tan coat.

Florida Panthers Cubs

Florida Panthers Cubs

Back to the Florida Panther Coin

The 2015 Tuvalu Florida’s Natives Florida Panther Colorized Silver $1 Dollar was designed by Charles D. Daughtrey, staff artist at ModernCoinMart (MCM), as well as photographer and numismatic author.

Charles D. Daughtrey

The Florida Natives Coin Series is the brain child of Mr. Daughtrey who said: “The underlying reason why I wanted to issue this particular series of coins is to outline the fact that Florida’s wildlife is so different from the rest of the country. I’ve lived in many places in this country and Florida is so unique, so diverse and so different from everywhere else.

2014 Tuvalu Florida's Natives American Alligator Colorized Silver $1 Dollar

2014 Tuvalu Florida’s Natives American Alligator Colorized Silver $1 Dollar

Mr. Daughtrey is also the very same artist who designed the first coin in the Florida Natives Coin Series, namely the 2014 Tuvalu Florida’s Natives American Alligator Colorized Silver $1 Dollar (see above). He also designed the 2014 Tuvalu $1 Augustus Saint-Gaudens Silver Proof coin (see below), the first coin in the Designers of America’s Coins, which is a coin series that aims to honor great coin designers of America’s coins (or U.S. coins).

2014 Tuvalu Proof $1 Silver Augustus Saint-Gaudens

2014 Tuvalu Proof $1 Silver Augustus Saint-Gaudens

2015 FUN Show Release

The 2015 Tuvalu Florida’s Natives Florida Panther Silver Dollar is set to be released at the 2015 FUN show and will be available in both ungraded and NGC graded coins with special FUN show-designated labels. In addition, each coin will come with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA), hand signed by Mr. Daughtrey himself.

Furthermore, this three nines fine (99.9%) silver proof coin will be limited to only a 1,000 coins, which is much lesser than the 3,500 mintage the first coin in the Florida Natives Coin Series has seen, namely the American alligator coin mentioned above. In addition, like with the first coin in the series, each coin will be struck by The Perth Mint and distributed by ModernCoinMart (MCM) as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu.

The quality of the coins produced by The Perth Mint certainly needs no introduction here and it is expected to be no different in terms of the quality of the 2015 Tuvalu Florida’s Natives Florida Panther Colorized Silver $1 Dollar.

2015 Tuvalu Florida's Natives Florida Panther Colorized Silver $1 Dollar

2015 Tuvalu Florida’s Natives Florida Panther Silver Dollar with COA

Why should you be interested in the 2015 Tuvalu Florida’s Natives Florida Panther Silver Dollar?

  • Extremely limited (1,000 coins maximum).
  • Proof strike.
  • Three nines fine silver (99.9% pure silver).
  • Hand signed COA by artist/designer, Charles D. Daughtrey.
  • Second coin in Florida Natives Coin Series.
  • Features Florida Panther: The official state animal of the State of Florida.
  • Special FUN show-designated NGC labels.
  • Perfect gift.

Specs

  • Metal: 1 Troy oz of 99.9% pure silver
  • Finish: Proof
  • Maximum Diameter: 40 mm
  • Maximum Thickness: 4 mm
  • Minimum Gross Weight: 31.135 g
  • Denomination: $1
  • Year of Issue: 2015
  • Mintage: 1,000

The 2015 Tuvalu Florida’s Natives Florida Panther Silver Dollar can be purchased directly from MCM at the 2015 FUN Show, where it will first be available for sale at a $10 discount. The remaining coins will be listed for sale after the show.

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