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SHOCO Burrowing Owl Augmented Reality Silver Coin 5 Florin Aruba 2012


This silver commemorative 5 Florin coin from Aruba illustrates a unique feature. The technique Augmented Reality has never been used on a coin. By using a Smartphone, one can click on virtual buttons that are illustrated on the coin. The virtual buttons link the user to websites with information about the "Shoco"and the coin itself.

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Shoco, Aruba Burrowing Owl
The shoco is an endemic bird living on the Aruba island. It is small with long legs, penetrating big eyes and his fur is fluffy. Different from other owls in the world.
Throughout history men has been facinated and captivated by the owl. Though it’s not known what the shoco ment to pre-historic people living on Aruba, it figures promenantly on their ceramic work and in heir paintings. The shoco is represented on the 50 guilders currency of Aruba. And there is even a Shoco Awards of Excellence.
Nowadays the invasive Boa constrictor is a serious threat to Aruba’s beloved bird populations. As well as the shoco. Another threat is men itself who encroaches their natural habitat by housing projects. Hopefully measures are taken to preserve not only the shoco but also other birds on the island that with time are threatened with extinction.

  • CountryAruba
  • Year2012
  • Face Value5 Florin
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)11.9
  • Diameter (mm)29
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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On coin reverse there is a coloured image of an Shoco bowl, on the coin edge the inscriptions: 'Shoco', 'Athene cunicularia Arubensis', the nation, the year of issue, the nominal value and 'National Symbool'. The coin obverse shows the Coats of arms of the Republic of Aruba.