The Banco Central de Nicaragua, (Central Bank of Nicaragua) has issued the first coin in a new series that spotlights the country’s distinctive and prevailing wildlife. The first coin features an elusive and master hunter – the magnificent jaguar. A stunning and sly creature, the jaguar is the largest wild cat found in Nicaragua, and it is also the only extant member of the genus Panthera-onca, native to the Americas.
The jaguar is the largest cat-like mammal living in Nicaragua. It closely resembles the leopard with its short, yellow coat and black spots, but is stockier and more muscular than the leopard, with a compact body, a broader head and powerful jaws. The jaguar’s tail is also generally shorter. Jaguars have coats that feature rosette patterns with spots inside them. It is not only the largest cat species in the Americas; it is also the third largest in the world, next to the tiger and the lion. Jaguars prefer both a tropical and subtropical habitat where they can prowl the forests and swamps searching for prey and mates.
Jaguars are accomplished and excellent swimmers. They can and do swim underwater and catch prey in water as most big cats do. It is only the domestic house cats that are afraid of water. Jaguars also eat larger animals and they sometimes climb trees to prepare an ambush, killing prey with one powerful bite. Their short stature makes it easy for them to crawl, climb, and swim, and since their coats provide an excellent camouflage for hunting and hiding in the dense forests of Nicaragua, they are fierce stalkers and easily ambush prey.
It is all these reasons that make the jaguar the “purr-fect” candidate to be featured on the first coin in the Wildlife of Nicaragua Series.
The coin is produced by the New Zealand Mint at their facilities in Auckland, on behalf of the Banco Central de Nicaragua, and includes vividly colored reverse design that imaginatively combines the beautiful cat among a detailed engraving of its native forest habitat. The coin’s denomination of 100 CORDOBAS is placed just under the primary design.
The reverse side includes the country’s official crest situated in the center with the text REPUBLICA DE NICARAGUA positioned along the upper edge and AMERICA CENTRAL placed along the bottom edge. The year of issue, 2018, is seen just under the crest.
The encapsulated coin is encased in a custom-made wooden box that features Nicaragua’s Coat of Arms. A certificate of authenticity written in both English and Spanish accompanies it. The outer box has been designed to bring to perfection the Nicaraguan Wildlife theme.
For additional information for this coin and to learn about additional coins in the new Wildlife series, please visit the website of the New Zealand Mint.
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