2020 New Zealand Crested Penguin 1oz Silver Bullion Coin
Coin Highlights: Worldwide mintage of 25,000 coins. Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver. Each coin comes in a capsules. Obverse: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the year and "New Zealand". Reverse: Features two Chatham Island Crested Penguins with a stormy backdrop. The birds are encircled by an arc of koru designs. Sovereign coin backed by the New Zealand government.
In 2019, an international team of researchers extracted mitochondrial DNA from subfossil bones discovered in sand dunes on the Chatham Islands. This research confirmed that until a few centuries ago a unique crested penguin species, Eudyptes warhami, existed on the Chatham Islands. Crested penguins of the genus Eudyptes are black and white with yellow crests and red bills and eyes. Chatham Island crested penguins were among the largest of the crested penguins.