EMPEROR PENGUIN Shaped Silver Coin 20$ Cook Islands 2018

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This incredible Silver coin is dedicated to one of the most fascinating creatures of our planet – the Emperor Penguin. The coin has an incredible design in the shape of a Penguin, has a wonderful colouration, has an Antique Finish quality and comes in a case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 888 pcs worldwide.

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Specifications
Country Cook Islands
Year 2018
Face Value 20 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 88
Diameter (mm) 60
Quality Antique Finish
Mintage (pcs) 888
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
 
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Emperor Penguin
The emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) is the tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species and is endemic to Antarctica. The male and female are similar in plumage and size, reaching 122 cm (48 in) in height and weighing from 22 to 45 kg (49 to 99 lb). The dorsal side and head are black and sharply delineated from the white belly, pale-yellow breast and bright-yellow ear patches. Like all penguins it is flightless, with a streamlined body, and wings stiffened and flattened into flippers for a marine habitat. Its diet consists primarily of fish, but can also include crustaceans, such as krill, and cephalopods, such as squid. In hunting, the species can remain submerged up to 18 minutes, diving to a depth of 535 m (1,755 ft). It has several adaptations to facilitate this, including an unusually structured haemoglobin to allow it to function at low oxygen levels, solid bones to reduce barotrauma, and the ability to reduce its metabolism and shut down non-essential organ functions. The only penguin species that breeds during the Antarctic winter, emperor penguins trek 50–120 km (31–75 mi) over the ice to breeding colonies which may include thousands of individuals. The female lays a single egg, which is incubated by the male while the female returns to the sea to feed; parents subsequently take turns foraging at sea and caring for their chick in the colony. The lifespan is typically 20 years in the wild, although observations suggest that some individuals may live to 50 years of age.

 
Design

The reverse of the coin features the wonderful shaped image of an Emperor Penguin taking care of his cub. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen, “COOK ISLANDS” – the issue country, “20 DOLLARS” – the face value, “2018” – the year of issue, “EMPEROR PENGUIN” – the name of the coin, “.999” – the fineness of the Silver, “Limited Edition”, “888pcs” – the mintage and “88g” – the weight of the coin.

 
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