This stunning 1 Oz Silver coin is the second release in the “Bitemarks” series and depicts the feared Alligator, a predator at the top of the freshwater food chain. The coin features the Smartminting technology, recreating the Alligator’s bitemark, in a Proof quality
- Predator topic
- Bitemarks & deformation of the coin
- Ultra high relief
- Colorful box included
- Low mintage
An alligator is a crocodilian in the genus Alligator of the family Alligatoridae. The two living species are the American alligator (A. mississippiensis) and the Chinese alligator (A. sinensis). In addition, several extinct species of alligator are known from fossil remains. Alligators first appeared during the Oligocene epoch about 37 million years ago. The name “alligator” is probably an anglicized form of el lagarto, the Spanish term for “the lizard”, which early Spanish explorers and settlers in Florida called the alligator. Later English spellings of the name included allagarta and alagarto. An average adult American alligator's weight and length is 360 kg (790 lb) and 4.0 m (13.1 ft), but they sometimes grow to 4.4 m (14 ft) long and weigh over 450 kg (990 lb). The largest ever recorded, found in Louisiana, measured 5.84 m (19.2 ft). The Chinese alligator is smaller, rarely exceeding 2.1 m (6.9 ft) in length. In addition, it weighs considerably less, with males rarely over 45 kg (99 lb).
The reverse of the coin depicts a fascinating top view of an alligator emerging from the crisp water, swimming towards the spectator. On the bottom of the reverse, the inscription: “ALLIGATOR” – the name of the coin. The obverse of the coin depicts the Palau Coat of Arms surrounded by different alligator shapes and the lower jaw bite of of the alligator. On top of the obverse, the inscription: “REPUBLIC OF PALAU” – the issue country. On the center, the inscription: “FIVE DOLLARS” – the face value and on the bottom, the inscription: “2018” – the year of issue.
|Weight (g)||1 oz (31.1 grams)|
|Presentation case (box)||Yes|
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