Croceye XL Relief

Croceye XL Relief

The first crocodiles appeared 240 million years ago, at the same time with the dinosaurs (to which they are related), had less than 1 m in length and ran on two feet! That’s why even today, crocodiles have longer hind limbs than fore limbs. The largest crocodile species is saltwater crocodile encountered from India to northern Australia and Fiji. It can reach 7 m in length and 1 tonne in weight. Crocodile skin is considered one of the finest and best, being soft and durable. In many tribal societies, skin crocodile is used as a symbol of high status. The value of the crocodile skin has been fueling an intense poaching and today many of the 23 species of crocodiles and relatives are threatened, many populations being wiped out. The salvation of the crocodiles could come from the crocodile farms.

Crocodiles have a special eye background. When light is incident into the crocodile eye, it appears to glow. Behind the retina is a layer, which reflects light like a mirror. Since crocodiles often hunt in the evening or at night, their eyes have adapted their way of life and developed catlike, slit pupils (both with glasses and with lids). They are equipped with a great vision in dim light, but they can not perceive colors. Brightness draws the pupil a thin vertical line, while in the twilight, the pupil will be extended into a large round circle. To “cry crocodile tears” is a common expression which is used for depicting fake sadness. It has its origins in the myth according to which reptiles weep while eating humans. But, believe it or not, crocodiles really do wipe while feasting, but rather due to physiological reasons than remorse.

Special minting technique with completely printed XL – Relief to show the Crocodile skin and 5C photorealistic digital printing on the reverse with extra coat of lacquer on the eye.

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Niue
2013
2 Dollars
Ag.999, Silver
54 x 32mm
1 oz / 31,1035 g
Patinated
1,000 coins
with digital printing 5C on relief


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Art. No.:
1140

 

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