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PRECIOUS PEARL CRANES Shell Money Craftsmanship 3 Oz Silver Coin 10 Kina Papua New Guinea 2014


Amazing new 2014 issue 3 Oz Pure Silver coin shell money commemorative. The mother of pearl inlay on the obverse is a real wonder of craftsmanship and so each coin is unique. This coin is for sure one of the most beautiful issues of the year 2014. The motive features the common crane which is found in the northern parts of Europe and Asia. Mintage 1.000 pieces worldwide.

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Shell Money and the Cranes
Shell money is a medium of exchange similar to money that was once commonly used in many parts of the world. Shell money usually consisted either of whole sea shells or pieces of them, which were often worked into beads or were otherwise artificially shaped. The use of shells in trade began as direct commodity exchange, the shells having value as body ornamentation. The distinction between beads as commodities and beads as money has been the subject of debate among economic anthropologists.
Some form of shell money appears to have been found on almost every continent: America, Asia, Africa and Australia. The shell most widely used worldwide as currency was the shell of Cypraea moneta, the money cowry. This species is most abundant in the Indian Ocean, and was collected in the Maldive Islands, in Sri Lanka, along the Malabar coast, in Borneo and on other East Indian islands, and in various parts of the African coast from Ras Hafun to Mozambique. Cowry shell money was important at one time or another in the trade networks of Africa, South Asia, and East Asia.

Cranes are a clade (Gruidae) of large, long-legged and long-necked birds in the group Gruiformes. There are fifteen species of crane in four genera. Unlike the similar-looking but unrelated herons, cranes fly with necks outstretched, not pulled back. Cranes live on all continents except Antarctica and South America.
Most species of cranes are at the least classified as threatened, if not critically endangered, within their range. The plight of the whooping cranes of North America inspired some of the first US legislation to protect endangered species.
They are opportunistic feeders that change their diet according to the season and their own nutrient requirements. They eat a range of items from suitably sized small rodents, fish, amphibians, and insects to grain, berries, and plants.
Cranes construct platform nests in shallow water, and typically lay two eggs at a time. Both parents help to rear the young, which remain with them until the next breeding season.
Some species and populations of cranes migrate over long distances; others do not migrate at all. Cranes are solitary during the breeding season, occurring in pairs, but during the non-breeding season they are gregarious, forming large flocks where their numbers are sufficient.

  • CountryPapua New Guinea
  • Year2014
  • Face Value10 Kina
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)93.3 (3 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)65
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The coin's obverse depicts two amazing cranes in the coin centre, a sunset in the coin left and up and down caratheristic sea flora and fauna. All made in handcrafted mother of pearl. On top the inscription "Precious Pearl" and the face value. The coin reverse depicts the coat of arms of the Papua New Guinea.