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ENDANGERED SPECIES - MONK SEALID92920064

ENDANGERED SPECIES - MONK SEAL

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A.P.E. MONK SEAL COIN

For the year 2022, being aware of the importance of conserving the integrity and diversity of nature by ensuring the equitable and sustainable use of natural resources, the FNMT-RCM is issuing a collection of 16 coins dedicated to a selection of endangered animals catalogued as Critically Endangered (CR) and included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
The complete collection consists of sixteen coins, issued in the year 2022, and an album-case in which to store them in an orderly fashion.
On the obverse, in a central circular area, an image of a monk seal (Neomonachus schauinslandi) is reproduced in colour. At the top, in a circular shape and in capital letters, the legend MONK SEAL. At the bottom, in circular form and in capitals, the legend ESPAÑA (SPAIN) and the year of issue 2022.
On the reverse (common to all the coins), inside a central circle, the legend ANIMALS IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION appears at the top, in a circular shape and in capitals; below it, the value of the coin 1.5 EURO, in two lines and in capitals; and, below it, the mint mark.

Information about the Coin
Series Endangered Species  
Year 2022  
Colour Yes  
Diameter (mm) 33  
Face Value (Euro) 1.5
Metal Cupronickel  
Weight (g) 15  
Maximum Mintage (units) 5,000  

MONK SEAL (Neomonachus schauinslandi)

There are only 2 living species of monk seals, the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) and the Hawaiian monk seal (Neomonachus schauinslandi), both of which are critically endangered. A third species, the Caribbean monk seal, is now extinct.
The Hawaiian monk seal is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. It is the only species of phocid that does not migrate, living year-round in tropical waters, from which it derives all its sustenance. It lives for 25 to 30 years and has an average weight of about 150 kg and a length of 2 metres. These pinniped mammals feed on a wide variety of marine animals, such as cephalopods, fish and crustaceans, and can dive to depths of up to 500 metres in search of food.
The Hawaiian monk seals' habitat consists of the coastal reefs where they forage for prey, and the paradisiacal beaches of blue water and fine sand where they rest, mate or give birth to their pups.
During the 19th century they were hunted for their skin, blubber and meat; so much pressure was put on them that by the middle of the century they were considered extinct, but they were able to survive on beaches less accessible to humans.
Today, the fishing nets in which they are trapped, diseases, predation by sharks, alterations to their habitat or chemical products derived from fishing continue to decimate their population, reducing it to colonies in small areas and protected reserves in some of the islands of Hawaii.