|Coin||Silver Ounce 2022 Liopleurodon|
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 the eighth issue in the Prehistoric Life series of premium bullion and collector coins, and features the Liopleurodon.
The Liopleurodon belongs to the genus of pliosaurs from the Middle to Upper Jurassic period and lived in Europe and South America. It could reach an average length of 12 meters and is thus considered the largest scientifically described pliosaur. According to researchers, their powerful jaws and strong teeth indicate that they fed less on fish and more on larger prey such as other marine reptiles. As a result, they were probably among the apex predators of their time. The first evidence of the species was discovered in 1873 by Henri-Émile Sauvage from a single tooth near Boulogne-sur-Mer in northern France.
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).
Below the Coat of Arms, in small letters the precious metal of the coin: 1 oz Ag 999.9 (one troy ounce of 99.99% silver; Ag is abbreviated from Argentum, the Latin word for silver).
Around above, the name of the country: REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO.
Around below, the nominal face value of the coin: · 20 FRANCS ·.
The reverse design features a Liopleurodon swimming in the ocean above corals. Above, the inscriptions LIOPLEURODON and 166 - 163.5 MIO YEARS BC (i.e. the species lived from about 166 to 163.5 million years ago), and the year of issue 2022.
Around above in the rim, the name of the series: PREHISTORIC LIFE.
The rim around below is decorated like the markings of a stopwatch, with periods of Earth's history marked along it: TRIASSIC 250 - 200 MIO. YEARS BC on the left, JURASSIC 200 - 145 MIO. YEARS BC below, and CRETACEOUS 145 - 66 MIO. YEARS BC on the right.
||LIOPLEURODON 166 - 163.5 MIO YEARS BC
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: individual coin in protective capsule, or 20 coins in mint tube.
Coins in the Prehistoric Life series include:
- 0.5 g Gold, T-Rex 2020
- 1 oz Silver, T-Rex 2020
- 0.5 g Gold, Plesiosaurus 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Plesiosaurus 2020
- 0.5 g Gold, Mamenchisaurus 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Mamenchisaurus 2020
- 0.5 g Gold, Woolly Mammoth 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Woolly Mammoth 2021
- 0.5 g Gold, Archaeopteryx 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Archaeopteryx 2021
- 0.5 g Gold, Quetzalcoatlus 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Quetzalcoatlus 2021
- 0.5 g Gold, Gigantopithecus 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Gigantopithecus 2022
- 0.5 g Gold, Liopleurodon 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Liopleurodon 2022