2018 New Zealand Annual Coin: Moa. When Europeans first discovered moa bones in the 1830's, there was quite an uproar in the scientific community. Quickly attracting international interest, the moa became a wonder of the natural history world.
But soon the kiwi, the moas still-living relative, replaced the moa as the iconic symbol of New Zealand. 2018 New Zealand Annual Coin: Moa Silver Proof Coin. Moa are classified as part of the ratite group of birds, along with the emu, ostrich and kiwi. As they evolved in isolation from the rest of the world, and essentially without predators, the name of the living ratite to which they were more closely related has long been debated.
For a long time it was thought to be the kiwi, but DNA testing has shown that the moa were most closely related to the small tinamous of South America - a surprising result indeed. These giant herbivores were prevalent across New Zealands mainland as well as on offshore islands such Great Barrier and Stewart. On coastal dunes, in swamp lands and dense forests and all the way up to sub-alpine zones around 2,000 metres above sea level, moa browsed on a wide variety of foliage including flowers, trees and berries. This 1oz silver proof coin minted from 0.999 silver has a stylised image of a moa in one of its more common habitats. Its thought that multiple species of moa would have shared similar regions and browsing areas.Here the moa is depicted in a southern landscape; snow-capped peaks in the background can be seen as it emerges from dense native bush. An etching-like technique was used by talented artist Dave Burke to create this unique and highly detailed scene. Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom. Dave Burke, Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand - 1995 - Silver Proof Coin- Tui Bird.
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