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GIANT SQUID Ocean Predators Silver Coin 1 Oz 2$ Niue 2015


Fourth 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 Giant Squid. This release from the New Zealand Mint, is issued by Niue Island in 2015. Low mintage 2.000 pcs worldwide.

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Giant Squid
The Giant Squid remains a mystery to scientists despite being the largest invertebrate on Earth. This is due to its deep-sea habitat. Most Giant Squid will measure around 10 m (33 ft), and weigh approximately 200 kg (440 lb). Claims of specimen larger than 13 m (43 ft) have not been scientifically documented. Like other species, the Giant Squid has eight arms and two long tentacles, or clubs, that are used to bring food to their beak-like mouths. These are tipped with hundreds of sharp-toothed suckers and used like a net to capture prey.
Giant Squid have the largest eyes in the animal kingdom, measuring up to 25 cm (10 in) in diameter. These are used to aid hunting in the darkened depths of the ocean. To shift position, a Squid will draw water into its mantle before forcing it out behind, thereby propelling the animal forward. The tremendous size of the Squid leaves it with few predators. However, scientists have found beaks of Giant Squid, in the stomachs of Sperm Whales along with lacerations on their skin from battles held in the depths of the ocean.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2015
  • 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 reverse Design depicts a finely engraved Giant Squid with tentacles out stretched to seize its prey. This dramatic image is set within a porthole border design.
The obverse Design features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.