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Snowflake Bears

Snowflake Bears

Capture the beauty and playful nature of three of the world's most distinctive bears in their natural habitat with this trilogy 'Snowflake Bears' collection.

Bears are powerful totems that symbolize nurturing and playful characteristics. Recognised for its strength, the bear teaches us qualities that build a strong foundation of character. From the bear’s hibernation we learn to take quiet time and rest: from the bear’s ability to stand on two legs when threatened, we learn to take action; and the bear’s spirit teaches us to allow time for caring for those close to us.

The bear is most celebrated for strength and confidence, and the Snowflake Bears coin series depicts the three most renowned bears in the world - the Polar Bear, Brown Bear and the Giant Panda.

Available in 1oz silver and 0.5g pure gold.  Each of the silver coins in this series features a unique, hand-woven fine silver filigree 'snowflake' which forms part of the coin.

Polar Bear (2015)

The first coin released in this series, the Polar Bear 1 ounce Proof Silver Coloured Tokelau Coin with Filigree, features a contented bear reaching to catch a single snowflake in its natural habitat. This hand woven filigree snowflake is visible from both sides of the coin, making the coin a delight to view and own in any silver coin collection.  

The Polar Bear, which can get as big as 700kg, lives in the Arctic Circle and spends most of its time in the sea hunting for food, which is why it is also known as a maritime bear. The polar bear is a significant and integral part of the culture of indigenous people from the Arctic, and the polar bear is considered a vulnerable species due to environmental changes.

Brown Bear (2016)

The Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) is a large bear whose principal range includes Russia, India, China, Canada and the United States (mostly Alaska), Scandinavia and Romania.  It is recognized as a national and state animal in many European Countries and is the most widely distributed of all bears.  It is the largest land-based predator on earth.  There are many subspecies of brown bears, some say as many as 90, while DNA analyses has identified as few as five clades.

Adult male bears are particularly aggressive, and mostly solitary, forming social hierarchies based on age and size.  They are one of the most omnivorous animals in the world and have been recorded as consuming the greatest variety of foods of any bear. 

Giant Panda (2017)

Giant Pandas are native to south central China and have become a much loved symbol of China.  Their diet is over 99% bamboo, but in the wild they will occasionally eat other grasses, wild tubers, or even meat in the form of birds, rodents or carrion. As a result of farming, deforestation, and other development, the giant panda has been driven out of the lowland areas where it once lived and is classed as a conservation-reliantendangered species.

 

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