The Perth Mint has released the ninth coin within the Deadly and Dangerous series, which features Australia’s Spider-Hunting Scorpion.
The Spider-Hunting Scorpion can be found across the southern half of Australia, usually in dry inland areas. This scorpion has evolved to specialize in preying on wolf spiders and other species that utilize a burrow with a trap door. The creature’s long, thick tail and powerful stinger make the perfect weapon in the confined space of a spider burrow.
The reverse design of the coin features a colored depiction of the Australian Spider-Hunting Scorpion resting on grass and gravel as it preys on a stuck spider. The inscription above reads “Australia’s Spider-Hunting Scorpion”.
On the obverse is the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the monetary denomination and 2014 date. The coins are issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu.
Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality. The maximum mintage is 5,000 pieces. The coins are presented in a display case with illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
The Perth Mint product page for the 2014 Spider-Hunting Scorpion 1 oz silver Proof Coin can be found here.
Previous releases for the series, which are no longer available for sale, have featured:
- Red-Back Spider
- Great White Shark
- Blue Ringed Octopus
- Saltwater Crocodile
- Eastern Brown Snake
- Australia’s Box Jelly Fish
- Funnel Web Spider
- Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake