First issue of the new series “North...
This beautiful 2 Oz Silver coin is the first issue in the amazing "Evolution of Earth" series. This new issue features the Trilobites in sensational high relief. The coin is completely plated in Black Ruthenium and selectively in Gold. The coin comes packaged in an attractive wooden box along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to only 666 pieces worldwide.
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Availability date: 06/07/2016
Every single continent has yielded trilobite remains. The biggest species (Isotelus rex) was some 28 inches long, while the smallest measured less than a millimeter from end to end. Some sported defensive spines, while others had smooth, rounded shells. And whereas certain trilobites came with disproportionately large eyes, many deep-sea species were blind. Their debut roughly coincided with the dawn of the Cambrian period. During this game-changing chapter in Earth’s history, multi-celled organisms went through an apparent explosion in diversity, or at least an explosion in life forms that leave fossils. New creatures—including a barrage of mollusks and arthropods—seem to have evolved at an unprecedented rate. The Cambrian also saw trilobites become the most common and diverse animals on the planet. However, trilobites began to decline when the period ended some 500 million years ago. Though the invertebrates stuck around for another 240 million years, they’d never again be so successful.
The reverse of the coin depicts a Trilobite in sensational High Relief. The coin is fully Ruthenium plated and also selectively Gold plated. On the top of the coin we find the name of the series and issue: “Evolution of Earth”, “Trilobites”. The coin’s obverse continues the pattern of the reverse and features the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the issue year: “2016”, the issue country: “Niue Islands” and the face value: “Two Dollars”.