Silver Ounce 2020 Extinct Predators - Varanus Priscus, Coin from Congo, Democratic Republic of the - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2020 Extinct Predators - Varanus Priscus, Coin from Congo, Democratic Republic of the
CoinSilver Ounce 2020 Extinct Predators - Varanus Priscus

The Democratic Republic of the Congo normally uses banknotes for circulation, and does not issue coins in the Congolese Franc currency. However, the country has authorised some foreign mints to issue commemorative and bullion coins under its jurisdiction.

Most of them are in standard bullion sizes, including one ounce of silver - such as this coin.

This coin is part of the Extinct Predators Series, and is dedicated to Varanus Priscus (Megalania).

Megalania was a species of giant monitor lizard, part of the megafauna that inhabited Australia during the Pleistocene. It is the largest terrestrial lizard known to have existed, reaching an estimated length of 3.5 to 7 metres, and weighing up to 1,940 kg, but the fragmentary nature of known remains make estimates highly uncertain.

Megalania is thought to have had a similar ecology to the living Komodo dragon. The youngest fossil remains of giant monitor lizards in Australia date to around 50,000 years ago. The first indigenous settlers of Australia might have encountered Megalania, and been a factor in their extinction.

Judging from its size, it would have fed mostly upon medium- to large-sized animals, including any of the giant marsupials such as Diprotodon, along with other reptiles and small mammals, as well as birds and their eggs and chicks. It had heavily built limbs and body, a large skull complete with a small crest between the eyes, and a jaw full of serrated, blade-like teeth. Being a member of Anguimorpha, Megalania may have been venomous and if so, would be the largest venomous vertebrate known.

MintAllCollect Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage8,000
Obverse
Congo, Democratic Republic of the / Silver Ounce 2020 Extinct Predators - Varanus Priscus - obverse photo

Within a beaded border, the obverse of the coin depicts the Coat of Arms of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which consists of a leopard head surrounded by an elephant tusk to the left and a spear to the right. On a ribbon below, the national motto JUSTICE PAIX TRAVAIL (from French: Justice, Peace, Work).

Around above, the name of the country: REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO.

Around below, the nominal face value of the coin: · 20 FRANCS ·.

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Reverse
Congo, Democratic Republic of the / Silver Ounce 2020 Extinct Predators - Varanus Priscus - reverse photo

The reverse design features a giant Megalania lizard.

In the background, a circle with a mirror-polished surface; around above in that circle, the inscription: PREDATORS · VARANUS PRISCUS, below which separated by a double line, - EXTINCT -. In the left field, along the rim of the mirror circle, the date of issue 2020.

The rest of the surface has a textured background with impressions of fossils. A fossil skull is part in the polished circle and part on the textured background.

in small letters around below, the precious metal content: .999 FINE SILVER 1 OZ (one troy ounce of 99.99% silver).

Reverse Inscription PREDATORS · VARANUS PRISCUS - EXTINCT - 2020 .999 FINE SILVER 1 OZ
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Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant uncirculated).
Packaging: in protective capsule.

The Extinct Predators Series is a continuation (or a "prequel" of a kind) of the Predators Series, produced and distributed by German company AllCollect; the coins are probably struck by the Bavarian Central Mint, but there are no certificates that name a manufacturer. Unlike the Predators Series though, there is no information about this one on the company's web site. The coins are released exclusively through APMEX.

The "main" coins in the series are silver ounces issued for the Democratic Republic of the Congo; there are also "companion coins": a half-gram of gold with a similar reverse, issued for Senegal.

See also

Coins in the Extinct Predators series include:
- 1 oz Silver, Spinosaurus, Congo 2020
- 0.5 g Gold, Spinosaurus, Senegal 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Megalodon, Congo 2020
- 0.5 g Gold, Megalodon, Senegal 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Mosasaurus, Congo 2020
- 0.5 g Gold, Mosasaurus, Senegal 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Phorusrhacidae ("Terror Birds"), Congo 2020
- 0.5 g Gold, Phorusrhacidae ("Terror Birds"), Senegal 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Smilodon (Sabre-toothed Tiger), Congo 2020
- 0.5 g Gold, Smilodon (Sabre-toothed Tiger), Senegal 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Thylacoleo Carnifex (Marsupial Lion), Congo 2020
- 0.5 g Gold, Thylacoleo Carnifex (Marsupial Lion), Senegal 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Dusicyon Australis (Falkland Islands Wolf), Congo 2020
- 0.5 g Gold, Dusicyon Australis (Falkland Islands Wolf), Senegal 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Varanus Priscus (Megalania), Congo 2020
- 0.5 g Gold, Varanus Priscus (Megalania), Senegal 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Phelsuma Gigas (Giant Gecko), Congo 2021
- 0.5 g Gold, Phelsuma Gigas (Giant Gecko), Senegal 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Megateuthis Gigantea (Giant Squid), Congo 2021
- 0.5 g Gold, Megateuthis Gigantea (Giant Squid), Senegal 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Ursus Spelaeus (Cave Bear), Congo 2021
- 0.5 g Gold, Ursus Spelaeus (Cave Bear), Senegal 2023
- 1 oz Silver, Titanoboa, Congo 2021
- 0.5 g Gold, Titanoboa, Senegal 2023
- 1 oz Silver, Thylacinus Cynocephalus (Tasmanian Tiger), Congo 2021
- 0.5 g Gold, Thylacinus Cynocephalus (Tasmanian Tiger), Senegal 2023
- 1 oz Silver, Pterygotus ("Sea scorpion"), Congo 2021
- 0.5 g Gold, Pterygotus ("Sea scorpion"), Senegal 2023
- 1 oz Silver, Puijila Darwini (Seal), Congo 2021
- 0.5 g Gold, Puijila Darwini (Seal), Senegal 2023
- 1 oz Silver, Pteranodon (Flying reptile), Congo 2021
- 0.5 g Gold, Pteranodon (Flying reptile), Senegal 2022

Silver Ounce 2020 Extinct Predators - Varanus Priscus: Known varieties
Variety Coloured Reverse
Mintage Issued: 3,000
All (47) coins of type: Silver Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Silver Ounce 2001 Quadriga unknown REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO 2001
Silver Ounce 2002 Discus Thrower unknown REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO 2002
Silver Ounce 2019 World's Wildlife - The Giraffe 40,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS · 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Predators - Canis Lupus 20,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Predators - Latrodectus 20,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Predators - Carcharodon Carcharias 20,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Predators - Ursus Arctos Horribilis 20,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Predators - Crocodylia 20,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Predators - Vulpini 20,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Predators - Hiliaeetus Leucocephalus 20,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Predators - Panthera Pardus 20,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Predators - Scorpiones 20,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Predators - Puma Concolor 20,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Predators - Crotalus 20,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Predators - Acinonyx Jubatus 20,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Predators - Panthera Tigris 20,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Predators - Panthera Leo 20,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Predators - Hyaenidae 20,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Predators - Ursus Maritimus 20,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Extinct Predators - Spinosaurus 8,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Extinct Predators - Megalodon 8,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Extinct Predators - Mosasaurus 8,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Extinct Predators - Phorusrhacidae 8,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Extinct Predators - Smilodon 8,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Extinct Predators - Thylacoleo Carnifex 8,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Extinct Predators - Dusicyon Australis 8,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Extinct Predators - Varanus Priscus 8,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Prehistoric Life - T-Rex 12,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Prehistoric Life - Plesiosaurus 12,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Prehistoric Life - Mamenchisaurus 12,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Shoebill Stork 50,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO 2021 1000 FRANCS
Silver Ounce 2021 World's Wildlife - The Bald Eagle 40,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS · 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Extinct Predators - Phelsuma Gigas 8,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Extinct Predators - Megateuthis Gigantea 8,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Extinct Predators - Ursus Spelaeus 8,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Extinct Predators - Titanoboa 8,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Extinct Predators - Thylacinus Cynocephalus 8,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Extinct Predators - Pterygotus 8,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Extinct Predators - Puijila Darwini 8,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Extinct Predators - Pteranodon 8,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Prehistoric Life - Woolly Mammoth 12,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Prehistoric Life - Archaeopteryx 12,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Prehistoric Life - Quetzalcoatlus 12,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2022 World's Wildlife - The Bear 40,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS · 2022
Silver Ounce 2022 Prehistoric Life - Gigantopithecus 12,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2022 Prehistoric Life - Liopleurodon 12,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
Silver Ounce 2022 Prehistoric Life - Parasaurolophus 12,000 Coat of Arms of Congo DR REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO · 20 FRANCS ·
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Silver Ounce 2020 Extinct Predators - Varanus Priscus: Details
CountryCongo, Democratic Republic of the
CurrencyCongolese Franc
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2020
SymbolCoat of Arms of Congo, Democratic Republic
Face Value20 (x Franc)
Total Mintage8,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDLBRP-ERRC-KLNN-EMNY
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