White Lion Au

Malawi 2009 500 Kwacha White Lion Au Gold Coin

Series of coins dedicated to rare wildlife. Species that exist in the wild under 1000 individuals.
The white lion is occasionally found in wildlife reserves in South Africa and is a rare color mutation of the Kruger subspecies of lion (Panthera leo krugeri). It has been perpetuated by selective breeding in zoos around the world. White lions are not yet a separate subspecies and they have been said to be indigenous to the Timbavati region of South Africa for centuries, although the earliest recorded sighting in this region was 1938. White lions are not albinos. Their white color is caused by a recessive gene known as the chutiya or color inhibitor gene, distinct from the albinism gene. They vary from blonde through near-white.

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  • Very low mintage of only 99 pieces

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Article IDMW0902
Face Value500 Kwacha
Weight3 oz (93.3 g)
Diameter42x42 mm
Mintage99 pcs.
Scope of DeliveryCapsule, Box / Case, Certificate of Authenticity
Special FeaturesSilver-plated, Swarovski Element

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