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HIPPO Hyppo Beautiful African Wildlife Silver Coin 1000 Francs Niger 2012


The "Beautiful African Wildlife" series is dedicated to amazing creatures living in the african continent. This first pure silver issue is dedicated to Hippopotamus that was identified as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List and is enriched by a real citrin gemstone. Mintage extremely limited to 500 pcs only!

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The hippopotamus are the third-largest living land mammal, after elephants and white rhinos. A hippo’s foot has four webbed toes which splay out to distribute weight evenly and therefore adequately support it on land. The grayish body has very thick skin which is virtually hairless. The hippo has neither sweat nor sebaceous glands, relying on water or mud to keep cool. It does, however, secrete a viscous red fluid which protects the animal’s skin against the sun and is possibly a healing agent. The hippo’s flat, paddle-like tail is used to spread excrement, which marks territory borders and indicates status of an individual.
Two hippo species are found in Africa. The large hippo, found in East Africa, occurs south of the Sahara. This social, group-living mammal is so numerous in some areas that "cropping" schemes are used to control populations that have become larger than the habitat can sustain. The other, much smaller species of hippo is the pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis). Limited to very restricted ranges in West Africa, it is a shy, solitary forest dweller, and now rare.

  • CountryNiger
  • Year2012
  • Face Value1000 Francs
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)20
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin’s reverse features an adult hyppopotamous in colour, against an African river backdrop. The upper reverse comprises a sun representation as citrin gemstone, the inscription 'BEAUTIFUL AFRICAN WILDLIFE' and the 2012 year-date. The coin’s obverse depicts the Coat of Arms of Republic of Niger and the face value.