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Endangered Wildlife - Tibetan wolf (Canis lupus chanco) 500 Tugriks (Tögrög) gold .9999 proof.
The Canis lupus chanco is represented by means of a sensational relief. It is a worthy successor of the Gulo-Gulo (the coin of the year 2008 from Mongolia).
Mintage: 15,000 pieces worldwide.
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|Face Value :||500 Tugriks|
|Metal :||Gold 99.99%|
|Weight :||0.5 g|
|Size :||11.00 mm|
|Mintage :||15,000 pcs. worldwide|
|Series :||Endangered Wildlife|
|Certificate of Authenticity :||No|
|Wooden Box :||No|
|Original ETUI box/case :||No|
The Tibetan wolf (Canis lupus chanco), also known as the woolly wolf, is a gray wolf subspecies native to Asia from Turkestan throughout Tibet to Mongolia, northern China and the Indian subcontinent. In Tibet and Ladakh it is known as chánkú or shanko.
Canis lupus is relatively widespread with a stable population trend and has therefore been assessed as Least Concern by IUCN since 2004.
Canis lupus chanco is regarded as a synonym of Canis lupus lupus, reflecting a recent tendency to lump older subspecies and to name fewer new ones. The Tibetan wolf is thought by some scientists to be the most likely ancestor of the domestic dog, on account of its small size and mandible morphology, noting that the uppermost part of the lower jaw is turned back on both the Tibetan wolf and the dog, though not so in other grey wolf subspecies.
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