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Endangered Species: Bengal Tiger 1 oz Silver Coin (2015)

The New Zealand Mint has released the third coin in the Endangered Species Coin Series, namely the limited edition Bengal Tiger 1 oz Silver coin, or in more formal terms, the $2 Dollar Endangered Series Bengal Tiger Niue Island 1 oz Silver Proof 2015 coin. This coin will soon be available for sale at ModernCoinMart (MCM) and offered in both Original Government Packaging (OGP) as well as NGC Certified.

$2 Dollar Endangered Series Bengal Tiger Niue Island 1 oz Silver Proof 2015 coin

Bengal Tiger 1 oz Silver Coin – Source of Image: ModernCoinMart

The Endangered Species: Bengal Tiger 1 oz Silver coin is expected to be well received in the market place, especially considering that it will also be non-colorized like its predecessor, the Endangered Species: Black Rhinoceros 1 oz Silver Coin (2014). The first coin in the series, the Endangered Species: Venerable Collared Lizard 1oz Silver Coin (2013), was released 2 years ago as a colorized coin. This didn’t sit right with many coin collectors, but the New Zealand Mint was quick to correct their ‘mistake’ when the Black Rhino coin was released. Despite the initial hiccup, the Venerable Collared Lizard coin, which had a relative high mintage of 5,000 coins, sold out at the mint. This while the Black Rhino coin, which has a total mintage of 2,000 coins, is still available for sale at the mint. In fact, at the time of writing about 36 coins were still left for sale. This leaves some room for late comers to still acquire these coins at decent prices.

Bengal Tiger

The Bengal tiger or scientifically known as Panthera tigris tigris, the national animal of both Bangladesh and India, features on the reverse of the $2 Dollar Endangered Series Bengal Tiger Niue Island 1 oz Silver Proof 2015 coin.

Bengal Tiger

Bengal Tiger – Not in a playful mood.


The Bengal Tiger is said to be the most numerous tiger subspecies. This may leave one with the false impression that there are plenty of Bengal tigers, but it is not the case. The reality is that the Bengal tiger was classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) about 5 years ago in 2010. This came after their numbers saw a decreasing trend.

Despite the endangered classification, their numbers declined to 2,500 individuals in 2011. However, there has been some improvement if one considers that their numbers increased from an estimated 1,706-1,909 in India in 2010 to around 2,226 in 2014. This while Bangladesh (440), Nepal (163-253) and Bhutan (67-81) account for the rest of their numbers.

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Bengal Tiger – Come play with me.

Source of Above Images: kimballstock

Needless to say, the fight for the survival of the Bengal tiger is far from over, especially if one considers that none of the Tiger Conservation Landscapes is large enough to sustain an effective population size of 250 adult tigers. The loss of habitat and large scale poaching are seriously threatening its survival.

Color, Length and Weight

The Bengal tiger, which has a white belly, is yellow to light orange in color with stripes that range from dark brown to black. This while the tail is orange with black rings and interior parts of the limbs are also white. This makes it a beautiful cat that’s extremely easy on the eye. This is despite the fact that they claim that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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White Bengal Tiger – Source of Image: Wikipedia

You also get White Bengal tigers or Chinchilla albinistic tigers from time to time in the wild that have white fur. This is due to a lack of pheomelanin pigment found in Bengal tigers with orange color fur. Interesting enough, these White Bengal tigers, which are fully grown at 2-3 years of age, normally grow much faster than orange Bengal tigers and also tend to be heavier at birth. The males pull the scale between 440.925 to 207.063 lb (200-230 kg) and can grow up to 9.84252 feet (3 meters) in length.

This while non-White male Bengal tigers boast an average weight of 397-569 lb (180-258 kg) and an average length of 9.16667-10 feet (270-310 cm), including the tail.

Man vs. Tiger

The conflict between man and tiger is a sensitive and hot issue in places such as India, where the most Bengal tigers in the world can be found.


Indian’s explosive and concentrated population growth places humans and tigers in direct conflict. Humans are normally not part of the Bengal tiger’s diet, but there are opportunistic man eaters out there that do attack, kill and eat humans. E.g. in February last year (2014), a female Bengal tiger, killed its tenth human in six weeks. This and other attacks make it difficult for the Indian authorities to convince people living in those areas that tigers should be protected. This is one of the reasons why illegal poaching of Bengal tigers is rampant and a huge problem, especially considering the illegal trade in skins and body parts between China, India and Nepal.

In order to help ease the conflict between man and tiger, face masks were distributed and used in order to fool tigers. It is said that tigers tend to attack from behind, so by wearing masks behind their heads, people can actually lessen their chances of getting attacked by tigers. This was the brilliant idea of a student at the Science Club of Calcutta.

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Mask to fool tigers – Source of Image: The Star Online

It seemed to have worked to at least some extent, especially considering that during an experiment that was conducted in the Ganges Delta in India, no one wearing a mask had been killed in the time span of 3 years. However, it seem that some tigers are no longer fooled by the trick, especially considering that the number of tiger attacks increased again in 2012.

There were also other initiatives implemented to prevent tiger attacks on humans, but a balance between man and tiger still needs to be established. Hopefully this will happen before the Bengal tiger goes extinct.

Why should you be interested in the $2 Bengal Tiger 1 oz Silver 2015 coin?

  • Extremely limited (2,000 coins maximum).
  • Proof strike.
  • Three nines fine silver (99.9% pure silver).
  • Third coin in the Endangered Species Coin Series.
  • Perfect gift for nature or cat lovers.
  • Unique packaging – Wooden crate coin case within printed outer packaging.


  • None


  • Metal: 1 Troy oz of 99.9% pure silver
  • Finish: Proof
  • Diameter: 40 mm
  • Edge: Milled
  • Denomination: $2
  • Year of Issue: 2015
  • Weight: 1 Troy oz

ModernCoinMart (MCM) will soon have the $2 Dollar Endangered Series Bengal Tiger Niue Island 1 oz Silver Proof 2015 coin available for sale at competitive prices in both OGP and NGC Certified. Be sure to sign up here for a pre-order request.