Nile crocodiles have been prowling the freshwater lakes, rivers, streams, swamps, and marshlands of the African continent for thousands of years. The largest freshwater predator on the continent, the Nile crocodile is also the world’s second-largest reptile behind only the saltwater crocodile. These massive predators are the first animal depicted in the new Animals of Africa Series from the Solomon Islands. Now, 2021 1 oz Silver Solomon Islands Animals of Africa Nile Crocodile Shaped Coins are available to you for purchase online.
- Coins ship to you inside protective capsules with a presentation box and a Certificate of Authenticity!
- First coin available in the new Silver Animals of Africa Series!
- Mintage limited to 2,500 coins only!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 fine silver.
- Issued a face value of $2 by the Solomon Islands.
- On the obverse is an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
- The reverse depicts the powerful Nile crocodile.
- Reverse-proof visuals.
- Unique serial numbers!
A terrifying predator, the Nile crocodile relies on ambush tactics to make its kill. The massive size of the crocodile means it cannot run down its prey on land. Instead, it uses the cover of murky freshwater bodies across the continent to sneak up on its prey. Although the crocodile’s massive frame makes overpowering its prey easy, it can only sustain a short burst out of the water.
The key to the success of the crocodile’s ambush tactics, beyond its massive strength, is its ability to sustain jaw pressure for long periods of time. The conical shape of a crocodile’s teeth enable it to lock in its grip, and when taken together with the high levels of pressure its jaw can sustain for long periods of time, it can drag prey such as zebras and water buffalos underwater and keep them there until the animal drowns. Once in the grip of a Nile crocodile, it is all but impossible to loosen that grip.
On the obverse of 2021 1 oz Silver Solomon Islands Animals of Africa Nile Crocodile Shaped Coins is a depiction of Queen Elizabeth II. This effigy of Her Majesty originated at the Royal Mint of England in 1998 when it was designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. The Queen’s effigy is set on the jaws of the Nile Crocodile Shaped coin, with the serial number at the center of the torso and the weight, purity, and metal content inscribed along the tail on the left.
The reverse face of 2021 Silver Solomon Islands Animals of African Shaped Coins depicts the first creature in the series, the Nile crocodile. The Nile crocodile is Africa’s largest freshwater predator. The average adult male reaches a length between 1.5 and 16.4 feet and can weigh as much as 1,650 lbs. The largest recorded Nile crocodile was 20 feet in length and weighed around 2,400 lbs.
These 2021 1 oz Silver Solomon Islands Animals of African Nile Crocodile Coins are shaped just like the croc it represents. The creature-shaped coin is housed in a square acrylic capsule with a black presentation box holding the coin and capsule. The packet includes photographs of the Nile crocodile and its habitat on the cover. Each coin has reverse-proof visuals that include mirrored design elements and frosted fields. The serial number on the coin matches that on the included Certificate of Authenticity.
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