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CROSS RIVER GORILLA 1 Oz Silver Coin 1000 Francs Cameroon 2012


This one ounce silver coin has been struck to celebrate the Cross River Gorilla, the best known animal of the Takamanda National Park (Cameroon – Nigeria), and the most endangered of the African apes. Mintage extremely reduced of only 888 pieces worldwide.

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Cross River Gorilla
The Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) is a subspecies of the western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla). In 2009, the Cross River gorilla was finally captured on professional video on a forested mountain in Cameroon.
The Cross River gorilla differs from the western lowland gorilla in both skull and tooth dimensions.
This subspecies is populated at the border between Nigeria and Cameroon, in both tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests which are also home to the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee, another subspecies of great ape.
Estimates on the number of Cross River gorillas remaining is 250–300 in the wild, concentrated in approximately 9–11 locations.
While all western gorillas are Critically Endangered, the Cross River gorilla is the most endangered of the African apes. It is one of the world's 25 most endangered primates according to the IUCN Primate Specialist Group.

  • CountryCameroon
  • Year2012
  • Face Value1000 Francs
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)888
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
On the reverse is depicted two adult Cross River Gorilla. The name of the species is inscribed above. The obverse depicts the Cameroon emblem.