In the sequel to the critically acclaimed American Alligator, we get an up-close and personal look at one of the world's largest and deadliest reptiles. Hippopotamuses, or "hippos," are a species of aquatic mammal native to Africa's waterways, lakes, and mangrove swamps.
The word "river horse" comes from the ancient Greek for this animal. A short distance race can reach speeds of 30 kilometers per hour (19 miles per hour), despite its stocky build and short legs. In spite of their spherical appearance, these animals should not be taken lightly. As a result of their fiercely aggressive territorial behavior, hippos are widely regarded as dangerous animals. When a female feels threatened in any way that could separate her from her young, she becomes extremely defensive.
The hippopotamus, widely regarded as the world's second-largest land animal, is honored with this 1 oz proof silver coin . The coin is Proof quality and has fantastic coloring, and it was struck using the cutting-edge Smart-minting technology.
Three hippos, with one of them carrying a large plank of wood, can be seen from above on the reverse of the coin. It's a murky, earthy environment with some colorful plants and a few muddy spots. There is a name for the coin, "HIPPOS," inscribed on the left side.
The obverse of the Hippo coin depicts the same scene as the reverse, but this time the hippos are swimming underwater while a third hippo is shown above ground with a log in its mouth. The Palauan coat of arms is depicted on the left side of the obverse.