2019 Ivory Coast 5 Ounce African Big 5 Rhino Mauquoy Mint High Relief Silver Proof Coin
Another absolutely amazing partially hand fabricated high relief minting by Mauquoy Mint in Belgium and a follow up to the stunning 2018 Leopard issue.
The 2019 edition honors the endangered African Rhino with the traditional ultra high relief fabrication, antique finish and luxury packaging.
A rhinoceros (/raɪˈnɒsərəs/, from Greek rhinokerōs, meaning 'nose-horned', from rhis, meaning 'nose', and keras, meaning 'horn'), commonly abbreviated to rhino, is one of any five extant species of odd-toed ungulates in the family Rhinocerotidae, as well as any of the numerous extinct species. Two of the extant species are native to Africa and three to Southern Asia.
Members of the rhinoceros family are some of the largest remaining megafauna, with all species able to reach or exceed one tonne in weight. They have a herbivorous diet, small brains for mammals of their size, one or two horns, and a thick protective skin formed from layers of collagen positioned in a lattice structure. They generally eat leafy material, although their ability to ferment food in their hindgut allows them to subsist on more fibrous plant matter when necessary. Unlike other perissodactyls, the two African species of rhinoceros lack teeth at the front of their mouths, relying instead on their lips to pluck food.
5 ounces .999 fine silver
Serial Number engraved on outer diameter
Fantastic thematic presentation packaging
About Mauquoy Mint:
In 1875 the engraver Maarten Mauquoy opened an engraving workshop in Belgium. His artistry was passed down, indeed enhanced, from generation to generation. Mauquoys excellent reputation spread and was soon attracting the attention of the royal house in Europe. The seal “Handmade in Belgium” bears witness to the high quality of Mauquoy.
Specifications:African "Big 5" Series
Grade: High Relief, Antique Finish
Denomination: 5,000 Francs CFA
Metal Content: 5 troy oz
Issuer: Ivory Coast
Manufacturer: Mauquoy Mint
Diameter: 50 mm
Mint Capsule, Deluxe Wood Presentation Box, Certificate