Monday, February 22, 2016

Mongolia 2015
Wildlife Protection - Campbell’s Hamster

5th coin of WILDLIFE PROTECTION series.

Campbell's dwarf hamster (Phodopus campbelli) was given its common name by Oldfield Thomas in honour of W.C. Campbell, who collected the first specimen in Mongolia on July 1, 1902.

A typical wild Campbell's dwarf hamster is 13.5 mm (0.53 in) long, with a tail length of 5 mm (0.20 in). 

The obverse of this beautiful silver coin presents the Bank of Mongolia emblem and inscriptions indicating the face value of the coin, the rate of silver purity and the country of issue. The mintage of the coin is limited to 2500 pieces, each made of pure .999 silver with antique finish.
The reverse of this Mongolian silver coin is what makes all coins in the Wildlife Protection series unique. The relief of the Campbell’s hamster is absolutely stunning. To intensify the impression the animals eyes are made of two embedded shiny Swarovski crystals.