This magnificent Silver Proof 1 Kilo...
This beautiful new Silver coin is part of “World of Evolution” series and celebrates the sea creatures that lived insides a shell, many years ago, the Ammonites. The coin has an Antique Finish quality, 1 Ounce weight and an impressive Ammonite-shaped insert. This special coin is housed in a beautiful case, accompanied by the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to only 500 pcs worldwide.
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Availability date: 01/02/2017
Ammonites were predatory, squidlike creatures that lived inside coil-shaped shells. Like other cephalopods, ammonites had sharp, beaklike jaws inside a ring of tentacles that extended from their shells to snare prey such as small fish and crustaceans. Some ammonites grew more than three feet (one meter) across—possible snack food for the giant mosasaur Tylosaurus. Ammonites constantly built new shell as they grew, but only lived in the outer chamber. They scooted through the warm, shallow seas by squirting jets of water from their bodies. A thin, tubelike structure called a siphuncle reached into the interior chambers to pump and siphon air and helped them move through the water. Ammonites first appeared about 240 million years ago, though they descended from straight-shelled cephalopods called bacrites that date back to the Devonian, about 415 million years ago. Ammonites were prolific breeders, lived in schools, and are among the most abundant fossils found today. They went extinct with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Scientists use the various shapes and sizes of ammonite shells that appeared and disappeared through the ages to date other fossils.
The reverse of the coin features an Ammonite fossil insert, in sensational high-relief, with a spectacular real-effect. The coin is minted in Pure Silver, with a pattern full of ammonites. In the top of the coin, the inscription: “World of Evolution” – the name of the series. On the bottom of the coin, the inscriptions: “Ammonoidea” – the name of the fossil and of the coin and “2016” – the issue year. On the right side, the inscription: “1 Oz AG 0.999” – the weight and the fineness of Silver. The obverse of the coin depicts the Coat of Arms of Burkina Faso and the face value: “1.000 Francs”.