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ALLIGATOR SINENSIS Natures Eyes 2 Oz Silver Coin 2000 Francs Congo 2016


The eyes are often quoted as mirror to the soul, whether human or animal eyes. Nature’s Eyes not only convince with spectacular designs but also tell the fate of endangered species. This fourth issue features an Alligator Sinensis. Chinese alligators are found in the Yangtze River but they are critically endangered and only a few remain in the wild. Mintage limited of 999 pieces worldwide.

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Alligator Sinensis
The Chinese alligator is classified as Critically Endangered (CR), facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. The Chinese Alligator is native only to China. It is smaller than the other alligator species, the American Alligator, growing to an average of 1.5 m (5 ft). The Chinese alligator is one of just two alligator species in the world. Compared to its cousin the American Alligator, the Chinese version is relatively small, with an average total length of about five feet in males and 4 feet in females. The Chinese alligator is one of the smallest crocodilians (a group that also includes crocodiles, caimans and the gharial) and one of the most endangered (2). The stocky body is covered in hard scales on the back, softer scales on the sides and belly, and is a dark green/black colour. Up to 17 transverse rows of 6 bony scales run along the length of the body, with paired ridges running halfway down the tail and converging into a single ridge that terminates at the end of the tail (5). In addition to its smaller size, the Chinese alligator can be distinguished from its American relative (Alligator mississippiensis) by a slightly upturned and more tapered snout and from bony plates on each upper eyelid.

  • CountryCongo
  • Year2016
  • Face Value2000 Francs
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)62.2 (2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)50
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)999
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

This coin not only stands for up-to-date minting technology and quality, it also brings back the elegance to the numismatic world with a classical design. Centerpiece of the coin is the eye of the animal, which is applied and enriched in an innovative technique, in brilliant green color with a crystal clear eyeball, which is not flat, it´s dome shaped and looks more like a drop. An innovative technique to silver coins. On the bottom of the reverse, the inscription: "Alligator Sinensis" (name of the coin) and "2016" (the year). The obverse depicts the Democratic Republic of the Congo emblem and face value.