AMMONOIDEA Ammonite Evolution of Earth 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2018

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This beautiful 2 Oz Silver coin is the third release in the amazing “Evolution of Earth” series and represents the Ammonite, a fossil characterized by its numerous coils in High Relief. The coin is plated in Ruthenium and selectively in Gold, has an Antique Finish quality and comes in a wooden case along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to only 666 pieces worldwide!

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Specifications
Country Niue
Year 2018
Face Value 2 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 62.2 (2 oz)
Diameter (mm) 45
Quality Antique Finish
Mintage (pcs) 666
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
 
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Ammonite
Ammonoids are an extinct group of marine mollusc animals in the subclass Ammonoidea of the class Cephalopoda. These molluscs are more closely related to living coleoids (i.e., octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish) than they are to shelled nautiloids such as the living Nautilus species. The earliest ammonites appear during the Devonian, and the last species died out during the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event. Ammonites are excellent index fossils, and it is often possible to link the rock layer in which a particular species or genus is found to specific geologic time periods. Their fossil shells usually take the form of planispirals, although there were some helically spiraled and nonspiraled forms (known as heteromorphs). The name “ammonite”, from which the scientific term is derived, was inspired by the spiral shape of their fossilized shells, which somewhat resemble tightly coiled rams' horns. Pliny the Elder (d. 79 AD near Pompeii) called fossils of these animals ammonis cornua (“horns of Ammon”) because the Egyptian god Ammon (Amun) was typically depicted wearing ram's horns.

 
Design

The reverse of the coin depicts the stunning top view of a Gold plated Ammonite fossil over a beautiful Ruthenium plated background of scattered fossils. On top of the reverse, the inscriptions: “EVOLUTION OF EARTH” – the name of the series and “AMMONOIDEA” – the name of the coin. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “NIUE ISLAND” – the issue country, “2018” – the year of issue, “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen, “Ag 999” – the fineness of the Silver and “TWO DOLLARS” – the face value.

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