Silver Ounce 2021 Shoebill Stork, Coin from Congo, Democratic Republic of the - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2021 Shoebill Stork, Coin from Congo, Democratic Republic of the
CoinSilver Ounce 2021 Shoebill Stork

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.

The Mint says about this coin:
If Sesame Street was rebooted as a horror movie, the Shoebill Stork would be cast as Big Bird. The unblinking yellow eyes pierce the soul, the dagger-like beak pierces the body, and the machine gun call it makes is just unsettling. If you think we made this thing up because we were out of ideas, do a quick google search and you’ll see that the Shoebill Stork is not only real, but pretty scary.

The Shoebill’s silly name belies its prowess as a hunter. A full grown adult can grow up to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall with a wingspan of 8 feet (2.4 m). They are excellent flyers, but when hunting they prefer an on the ground approach, patiently stalking their prey - which consists of fish, frogs, snakes, and even small crocodiles - and are known to stand motionless for long periods of time. At the opportune moment, they violently attack using their sharp-edged beak. Their methodical approach and physical domination results in a high kill rate.

There are a lot of bird coins out there already, but none quite like this one.

Fun facts about Shoebill Storks:
- Shoebills get their name because their bills look like shoes.
- The tips of their beaks are very sharp and used to cut prey in half and can even decapitate them.
- A fully-grown shoebill is around 4 feet long and 5 feet tall.
- A shoebill’s wingspan can be up to five times larger than its body.
- They are infamous for the machine gun sounds their bills make when they click them together.
- Shoebills can live to be up to 35 years old.
- They can be known to attack each other, especially when they are young.
- They can even eat and attack crocodiles, but prefer monitor lizards, eels, and lungfish.
- They prefer to be alone - the shoebill builds its nest around 3 km away from other nests.
- Shoebills are vulnerable and almost endangered.The shoebill cools down using its own poop.

MintScottsdale Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage50,000
Congo, Democratic Republic of the / Silver Ounce 2021 Shoebill Stork - 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, below which the date of issue 2021.

Around below, the nominal face value of the coin: 1000 FRANCS.

Congo, Democratic Republic of the / Silver Ounce 2021 Shoebill Stork - reverse photo

At centre, the reverse design features a shoebill stork bird facing the viewer and looking menacingly.

Around above, the inscription SHOEBILL STORK.

In the left field, the date of issue 2021. In the right field, on four lines the metal content: 1 TROY OUNCE .999 FINE SILVER.

Reverse Inscription SHOEBILL STORK 2021 1 TROY OUNCE .999 FINE SILVER
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: individual coin in protective capsule, or 20 coins in mint tube.

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Silver Ounce 2021 Shoebill Stork: Details
CountryCongo, Democratic Republic of the
CurrencyCongolese Franc
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
SymbolCoat of Arms of Congo, Democratic Republic
Face Value1000 (x Franc)
Total Mintage50,000
Material0.9999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size39.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
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2021 DRC Shoebill Stork
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2021 DRC Shoebill Stork
Copyright: Scottsdale Mint