Wildlife of Nicaragua Coin Series Features the Three-Toed Sloth

Posted by Jamie Cain on Aug 6, 2019 4:41:46 PM

The Three-Toed Sloth made the final cut in the second coin issued by The Banco Central de Nicaragua. The first was the Jaguar. This is part of their ongoing collector coin series entitled “Wildlife of Nicaragua,” which was launched last April. Even though it’s been a year, this coin has been “wildly” popular and hallmarks the three-toed sloth, which is a treetop dwelling mammal found in Central America, and especially in Nicaragua.

Who Couldn’t Love a Face Like That?

The three-toed sloth, with its adorable face and ability to rotate its head around like an owl, is known to move very sloooowly. Why? Because their diets on rainforest leaves don’t provide them with much nutrition or a large amount of calories; therefore they expend a small amount of energy in order to conserve it.

Moreover, sloths have a digestive system similar to a cow’s, and can break down the highly toxic leaves of the rainforest trees, which is how the trees protect themselves. Sloths are endearing creatures that are so inactive, algae will actually grow on their fur.

Three-Toed Sloth- Photo Courtesy of Queen of the ForestThree-Toed Sloth - Photo Courtesy of Queen of the Forest

The Solitary Life of a Sloth

In addition to being tree-dwellers, sloths are nocturnal and spend most of their time in trees, alone. The daily life of a sloth isn’t very exciting. They basically eat, sleep, climb, and cling to the trees with their long, curved claws. Since sloths eat mostly tree related items, such as leaves and fruit; and have algae that grows on their fur, they have a bit of a greenish tint to their fur, which assists them in being camouflaged from predators.

However, their snail’s pace makes them easy targets once a predator spots them. In fact, the only times a sloth “gets a move on” and climbs down from the tree is for a chance at mating or when they need to relieve themselves. 

And the Winner Is…

It is for all the reasons that the three-toed sloth was chosen as next in the series for the super cool "Wildlife of Nicaragua" coins.

“The silver coins are produced by the New Zealand Mint at their facilities in Auckland, on behalf of the Banco Central de Nicaragua. The reverse design includes a vividly coloured image, which imaginatively combines the three-toed sloth amongst a detailed engraving of its native forest habitat, in this case, a tree branch, which the sloth is clung to. The coin’s denomination of 100 CORDOBAS is placed to the lower right of the primary design”, states Michael Alexander, numismatist.

Wildlife of Nicaragua Sloth- Photo Courtesy of Coin Update-frontWildlife of Nicaragua Sloth Coin - Photo Courtesy of Coin Update

The reverse includes the country’s official crest situated in the centre with the text REPÚBLICA DE NICARAGUA positioned above along the upper edge and AMÉRICA CENTRAL placed underneath the crest. The year of issue, 2018, is seen just under the crest.”

Wildlife of Nicaragua Sloth- Photo Courtesy of Coin Update-reverseWildlife of Nicaragua Sloth- Photo Courtesy of Coin Update






Maximum Mintage

100 cordobas

.999 Silver

31.1 g

40 mm

Proof with applied colour


The encapsulated coin is contained in a beautiful, custom-made wooden box that features Nicaragua’s Coat of Arms. The Certificate of Authenticity written in both Spanish and English is included. This wooden box is designed to bring to perfection the Nicaraguan Wildlife theme. 

Sloth Wooden Box Wildlife of Nicaragua- Photo Courtesy of New Zealand MintWooden Box for the Wildlife of Nicaragua Coin Series - Photo Courtesy of New Zealand Mint

For additional information pertaining to 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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Jamie Cain

Written by Jamie Cain

Jamie Cain is a native Texan. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, and after graduating college, she began a career in modeling. “This was an incredible experience, as I had the opportunity to work and live in many amazing countries and experience all the different cultures.” After, she started a career in real estate in Dallas. Fast forward to 2017, she had the wonderful opportunity to join ECI Development as a Property Advisor for Nicaragua and Belize. Presently, Jamie lives on the East Coast with her husband and two white cats. She enjoys yoga, blogging, photography, and cooking.

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