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01 Jun 2022

Otters on Coins!

| CheerioCoins

I figured since we are still on our cross-country trip I should blog on wildlife coins. I leave the airbnb tomorrow so I will start posting blogs less frequently then. As I said on my last update blog I went to the Sonora Desert Museum and they had an otter. Last year for Thanksgiving I did a blog titled “Turkeys on Coins?!” and I decided to do a blog about Otters on coins since we saw one on the trip. As some of you may know, otters are my favorite animals. This is because they are cute and love to swim and are amazing swimmers. I would say my favorite kind of otter is the sea otter but I just love them all. When I started to look for coins with otters on them I didn’t find many but would like to share the ones I did!


The first coin I found was the 2016 Canadian $10 coin. It was a non-circulating coin that was part of the Reflections of Wildlife series. The obverse features Queen Elizabeth II and the reverse features a, what appears to be, river otter looking at his reflection. I think this coin is really pretty and I tend to like Canadian coins but the coin sells for around $70. I think this is because it only has a mintage of 8,219 and is .9999 silver. The coin has a weight of 15.87 g and a diameter of 34 mm.


The second coin I saw was a 2017 P Polar Babies Otter Tuvalu 1/2 oz Silver 50c coin. It is also a non-circulating coin that was part of the Polar Babies series. On the obverse it has Queen Elizabeth II and on the reverse it features a baby sea otter on a chunk of ice (which is super cute!). They are also pretty expensive and go from $90 to $135. They have .9999 silver and had a small mintage of 5,000. They weigh 15.5515 g and were minted at the Perth Mint! (I have done countless blogs on the Perth Mint and love their coins!)


The third coin was a $50 1991 Cook Island otter coin. It is also a non-circulating coin and part of the Endangered Wildlife Series. I couldn’t find a price on Numista and no one was selling it anywhere so I looked up the other ones in the series and found they were around $40-$80 so I'm guessing the otter one is around that. It has a small mintage of 25,000 which is more than the others but still low and is probably why I couldn’t find one for sale. It is .925 silver, weighs 19.2 g, and has a diameter of 38 mm.


There is also a 1994 $50 Cook Island gold sea otter coin too. It is a non-circulating coin and is also part of the Endangered Wildlife Series. It has Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and a sea otter head popping out of the water on the reverse. I also couldn't find a price for this one and even a price for any of the other $50 Cook Island gold coins from this series. If I were to guess I’d say it’s somewhere around $300 which isn’t the best guess but is just what I think it would be worth. It is .583 gold, has a small mintage of 10,000, weighs 7.776 g, and has a diameter of 25 mm. What's really funny is Numista's title for this is “Seal Otter” instead of sea otters but everyone makes mistakes so be careful!


Anyway, I just wanted to share a few of these with you and I hope to get one sometime in the near future! I went to the bank yesterday and found both 2022 quarter designs from the Denver mint but nothing else. Thanks for reading my blog and have a great day!


CheerioCoins


Comments

CC

Level 4

I love otters!!! Some of my favs!!! great coins, too:)

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Cool!

Long Beard

Level 5

Beautiful designs. This is why we collect coins.

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Yeah!

AC coin$

Level 6

Beutifull coin . That was my subject on every blog . I was trying to teach animal proctetion, specially those in danger of extinction . I was judged for doing that . Thanks for bringing the subject again . I did this with every coin worldwide, that was my project as an individual for being an animal protector. I did this since I began here. Thanks again .

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Your welcome!

Longstrider

Level 6

Used to live in Santa Cruz, Ca. Lots of sea otters to watch there. Amazing animals. So cool. Thanks.

CheerioCoins

Level 5

That's really cool!

Mike

Level 7

Good blog. I love animals. These are something else. Thanks

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Your welcome!

"SUN"

Level 6

Topical collecting can be very rewarding

It's Mokie

Level 6

the way the glide through the water so gracefully and effortlessly is one of the most beautiful sights in nature. We Otter support any Otter coins. (:

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Yeah, I love the way that otters swim.

Jackson14

Level 4

Great blog and cool coins!

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Thanks!

Kepi

Level 6

I loved this blog Cheerio! It's great to have a special interest in something, making it into a coin collection. For me I love Lions, Buffalo and Dogs. These photos are adorable! Have fun out there in the desert!

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Nice!

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