The King Cobra 1oz Silver Coin marks the third release in the popular Kings of the Continents Coin Collection, which portrays some of the most dominant and revered animals on each continent.
King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah), named after the 11 scales on its head (instead of after its’ 11 large scales on his head ) resembling a King’s crown, is the longest venomous snake on the planet and can grow up to 7.3m (24 feet) long.
This awe-inspiring snake is found in Asia; India, southeastern China, the Malay Peninsula, Indonesia, and the Philippine Islands. Being great climbers and excellent swimmers, their preferred spots are ponds and streams in rain forests.
Fast moving and with amazing agility, the King Cobra hunts and eats small mammals, lizards and birds as well as other snakes.
The King Cobra has two deadly fangs in the front of his mouth, used to inject venom into its prey. The venom is mostly comprised of neurotoxins, which attack the central nervous system. Only one fatal bite by the King Cobra is enough to cause paralysis or coma, leading to respiratory failure and death.
This high impact 1oz coin shows venomous King Cobra rearing up to strike its prey against a remote wilderness backdrop. The coin is encased in an elegant themed box which slides open to reveal the coin nestled in a black velvet interior. The uniquely numbered certificate of authenticity sits within the packaging.
The New Zealand Mint will release no more than 5,000 of the 2016 Kings Of The Continents - King Cobra 1oz Silver Coin.
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