2020 Niue 1 Ounce Dinosaurs - Pterodactyl Colored Antique Finish Silver Proof Coin
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The Pterodactyl and the 3rd issue in series, takes flight in this exciting Dinosaur Coin Collection struck in 1 ounce of .999 pure silver. The word ‘Pterodactylus’, commonly known as Pterodactyls, comes from the Greek meaning ‘winged finger’. Pterodactylus had extremely long, specially adapted fourth fingers, to which its wings were attached.
The coin has been antiqued as part of the overall design aesthetic. The reverse shows a coloured and engraved image of the dragon-like, winged Pterodactyls in flight against a prehistoric background. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and is legal tender in Niue.
The numbered Certificate of Authenticity fits neatly inside a quality coin case which is placed inside a themed outer box. This certificate confirms the limited mintage of 2,000 coins.
Many studies conclude that Pterodactylus was a carnivore that probably preyed upon fish as well as other small animals. Like all pterosaurs, Pterodactylus had wings formed by a skin and muscle membrane stretching from its elongated fourth finger to its hind limbs. It was supported internally by collagen fibres and externally by keratinous ridges. Pterodactylus was a small pterosaur compared to other famous genera such as Pteranodon and Quetzalcoatlus, and it also lived earlier, during the Late Jurassic period, while both Pteranodon and Quetzalcoatlus lived during the Late Cretaceous Period.
Denomination: 2 Dollars
Metal Content: 1 troy oz
Diameter: 40 mm
Manufacturer: New Zealand Mint
Mint Capsule, Presentation Box and Certificate