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THELODERMA CORTICALE FROG World Of Frogs Silver Coin 2$ Palau 2011


The series "World of Frogs" is dedicated to the rarest species of frogs in nature. The first coin, issued by the Republic of Palau in 2011, is dedicated to "Mossy Frog" or "Theloderma Corticale".

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The Mossy Frog or Tonkin Bug-eyed Frog (Theloderma corticale), is a species of frog in the Rhacophoridae family. It is found in Northern Vietnam and possibly China. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montanes, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marches, and rocky areas. It is a semi-aquatic, semi-arboreal species that is threatened by habitat loss.
The common name of the mossy frog arises from the fact that its skin is a mottled green and brown that resembles moss growing on rock, and forms an effective form of camouflage. They have large sticky pads on their toes and a soft underbelly. As with most Tree Frogs, the females will grow larger than the males and can reach sizes of 7-8cm (3 inches). This species will curl into a ball when frightened, and play dead.
Mossy frog camouflaged against a mossy background in the New England Aquarium.
The mossy frog is insectivorous and eats crickets, locusts, cockroaches, waxworms, moths and flies.

  • CountryPalau
  • Year2011
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)15.57 (1/2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)35
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
On the reverse of the coin is represented the Theloderma Corticale with the colors green and brown typical of the frog, by an enamelling technique that replicate the real colors. In the background is represented on its natural habitat with leaves highlighted by a bright green. To the left of the picture we find the name of the series "World of Frogs" and below the year of issue. The obverse of the coin, in the central part, represents the symbol of the Republic of Palau, as the inscription "Republic of Palau" and the nominal value. The coin comes with an elegant case included in a box decorated with the design of Theloderma Corticale.