2011 World Wildlife Fund Silver Coin

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Help Your Purse by Helping Nature

The World Wildlife Fund is an organisation that aims to save the slowly dwindling forms of wildlife all over the world. Established in 1961 and attaining its 50th anniversary last 2011, the WWF has become one of the most efficient and influential groups that have helped to redefine what it means to truly care for the world and all living things in it. To commemorate the momentous event, the Royal Mint of England created a stunning silver coin to mark the 50th anniversary of the WWF. This amazing example of numismatic artistry replete with fine detail that showcases the sheer vastness of the WWF’s work and influence in helping make our planet a better place for both humans and animals alike is one of the most adorable numismatic pieces ever created by the Royal Mint. Made from .925 sterling silver, this one-of-a-kind seven sided coin is created to meet the exacting needs for accurate detail, and is finished in proof mirror-quality for a truly remarkable collectible coin.

The obverse of the 2011 WWF 50th Anniversary commemorative coin features the standard Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II struck in highly ornate detail and made all the more engaging thanks to selective frosting. It is set against a background of mirror-polished proof-quality sterling silver that truly brings out the details of the effigy. It is accompanied by the inscriptions ‘ELIZABETH II D. G. REG. F. D. (‘Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fides Defensor’ – Elizabeth II by the Grace of God Queen Defender of the Faith) along with its face value of fifty pence[1].

The reverse of the WWF commemorative coin that is truly what makes it unique. Flaunting the Royal Mint’s extreme attention to detail and accuracy, as well as for artistic flair, they have teamed up with artist Matthew Dent to design a truly fitting commemorative symbol of the WWF’s 50th year – a beautifully executed menagerie of silhouettes of both flora and fauna all arranged concentrically, with the center being the now globally recognized WWF logo of the Chinese panda. This ‘gathering’ of a total of fifty plants and animals that have benefited from the WWF accompanied by the memorable year of its 50th anniversary on the lower edge of the coin makes the reverse of this coin a truly apt, adorable and stunning tribute to the World Wildlife Fund. Set against the distinctive mirror-finish of a silver proof coin, the choice frosting of the animal silhouettes makes the design truly stand out[1]. Perfect as a gift for young would-be naturalists, or for friends and family who love animals, the WWF 2011 50th Anniversary silver coin also doubles as a great investment piece, with only a limited production run of 7, 500 coins available. Weighing a total of 8 grams and measuring a discreet 27.30 mm, it is a perfect coin to show off to friends and family. Encased in a sleek and stylish display case, this coin is a must have for both numismatists and investors alike.

2011 World Wildlife Fund Silver Coin - References:

[1] http://www.royalmint.com/shop/the_2011_wwf_uk_50p_silver_proof_coin?tab=specification#productdetails

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