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HAMMERHEAD SHARK Ocean Predators Silver Coin 1 Oz 2$ Niue 2013


Second amazing coin of the series "Ocean Predators" in pure silver 999 issued to capture the greatness of the most terrifying predators in the world. In this edition the Hammerhead Shark. This release from the New Zealand Mint, is issued by Niue Island in 2013. Low mintage 2.000 pcs worldwide.

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Hammerhead Shark
The hammerhead sharks are a group of sharks in the family Sphyrnidae, so named for the unusual and distinctive structure of their heads, which are flattened and laterally extended into a "hammer" shape called a "cephalofoil". Most hammerhead species are placed in the genus Sphyrna while the winghead shark is placed in its own genus, Eusphyra. Many not necessarily mutually exclusive functions have been proposed for the cephalofoil, including sensory reception, maneuvering, and prey manipulation. Hammerheads are found worldwide in warmer waters along coastlines and continental shelves. Unlike most sharks, hammerheads usually swim in schools during the day, becoming solitary hunters at night. Some of these schools can be found near Malpelo Island in Colombia, Cocos Island off Costa Rica, and near Molokai Island in Hawaii. Large schools are also seen in southern and eastern Africa.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2013
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The coin's reverse depicts a finely engraved Hammerhead Shark swimming through a porthole-inspired border design. The Shark is set against a proof and high quality colour printed background, featuring a school of other Hammerheads. The coin's obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.