Prepare to be captivated by the MAGNIFICENT ARGALI Wild Mongolia Ram 1 Oz Silver Coin, a stunning addition to our prestigious collection. This coin pays tribute to the awe-inspiring argali, the largest species of wild sheep that roams the highlands of western East Asia, the Himalayas, Tibet, and the Altai Mountains. Standing up to 135 cm (4 ft) high and measuring up to 200 cm (7 ft) long, these majestic creatures are well adapted to thrive in extreme cold, arid environments, and high elevations reaching up to 5800 m (19000 ft).
Despite their physical prowess, argali face challenges in their natural habitats. Himalayan wolves and leopards serve as their primary predators, and the species is considered near threatened due to factors such as domestic livestock ranching and hunting. The allure of capturing a trophy specimen draws sports hunters who seek both their meat and their horns, which hold significance in traditional Chinese medicine. Male argali possess two large corkscrew-shaped horns, some reaching lengths of up to 190 cm (6 ft 3 in) and weighing up to 23 kg (51 lb). These horns are used by males to compete with each other, while females also carry smaller horns.
The reverse of this remarkable coin showcases a front-facing view and a side-profile view of the argali. The side-profile image is struck in ultra-high relief, with meticulous attention given to every detail of the fur and horns. The smartminting® relief extends all the way to the edge of the coin, presenting a sublime depiction of this graceful animal. The front-facing view of the argali is expertly struck to create a ghosted image in the background, achieved through razor-fine detail and relief. On the obverse, the corkscrew horns of an argali are presented in ultra-high relief, accompanied by a tilted effigy representing the argali's face. The background features a unique geometric pattern with the hidden "2022" date incorporated into the design.
With a limited mintage of 2500 pieces, this 1 oz silver proof coin showcases the exquisite craftsmanship and artistry of smartminting® technology. Struck in .999 silver and measuring 38.61 mm in size, it is a true testament to the beauty and grandeur of the argali. Whether you are a passionate collector or simply appreciate the magnificence of wildlife, the MAGNIFICENT ARGALI Wild Mongolia Ram 1 Oz Silver Coin is a treasure that should not be missed. Own a piece of natural splendor and extraordinary numismatic art that celebrates the elegance and resilience of these remarkable creatures.
The smartminting© technology is a ground-breaking advancement in contemporary numismatics that permits an unparalleled level of ultra-high relief, and it establishes novel benchmarks in the coin industry.
- This technology enables the production of standard weight coins with larger diameters, while maintaining high relief height.
- It also allows for coins with greatly reduced weight to maintain standard relief heights and permits coins with only slightly increased weight to exhibit high reliefs.