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This beautiful 2 Oz Silver coin is the second issue in the amazing “Evolution of Earth” series and represents the Nummulites, a fossil characterized by its numerous coils in High Relief. The coin is plated in Ruthenium and selectively in Gold, has an Antique Finish quality and comes in a wooden case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to only 666 pieces worldwide!
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Availability date: 08/03/2017
A nummulite is a large lenticular fossil, characterized by its numerous coils, subdivided by septa into chambers. They are the shells of the fossil and present-day marine protozoan Nummulites, a type of foraminiferan. Nummulites commonly vary in diameter from 1.3 cm (0.5 inches) to 5 cm (2 inches) and are common in Eocene to Miocene marine rocks, particularly around southwest Asia and the Mediterranean (e.g. Eocene limestones from Egypt). Fossils up to 6 inches wide are found in the Middle Eocene rocks of Turkey.2 They are valuable as index fossils.
The reverse of the coin depicts the stunning top view of a Gold plated Nummulites fossil, over a beautiful Ruthenium plated background of scattered fossils. On top of the reverse, the inscriptions: “EVOLUTION OF EARTH” – the name of the series and “NUMMULITES” – the name of the coin. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “NIUE ISLAND” – the issue country, “2017” – the year of issue, “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen, “Ag 999” – the fineness of the Silver and “TWO DOLLARS” – the face value.