2015 Australian Funnel-Web Spider 1 oz Silver Bullion Coins

The Perth Mint has introduced a new silver bullion coin featuring the Australian Funnel-Web Spider. This continues a new theme of deadly animals featured on 1 oz silver bullion coins, following last year’s successful launch of coins featuring the Saltwater Crocodile.

Australia has more than 40 species of Funnel-Web Spider with several renowned for their highly toxic and fast-acting venom. The most infamous is the aggressive Sydney Funnel-Web, with its fangs said to be longer than that of a brown snake and so powerful that they can pierce a human’s toenails. The venom of the male Sydney Funnel-Web is approximately five-times more painful than that of the female of the species, making it the most likely candidate for at least 13 human deaths prior to the introduction of anti-venom in 1981.

2014 Australian Funnel-Web Spider Silver Coin

The reverse design of the coin features a bold image of the funnel-web spider, displaying its sprawled legs and hairy body. Inscriptions read “Australian Funnel-Web Spider”, “2015”, and “1 oz 999 Silver”. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with an inscription of the legal tender denomination.

Each coin is struck in 99.9% pure silver with a weight of 31.135 grams and diameter of 40.60 mm. There is a maximum mintage of 1,000,000 pieces.

Similar to the previously released Saltwater Crocodile bullion coins, the Funnel-Web Spider coins are presented without capsules in protective tubes, which are sealed with a Perth Mint branded tamper evident security seal.

These coins will be available from the Perth Mint bullion website and from many bullion coin dealers.

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Comments

  1. Hidalgo says

    I really like this coin! It’s a winner! In fact, I think I’m going to enjoy the series.

  2. Dustyroads says

    Hidalgo~ I think so too, my first impression of the coin was a good one. It should look nice on the 40.6 mm coin. A friend of mine lives in Perth, he frequently post pictures of the wildlife, reptiles, and insects he encounters. The Australian Mint will have much to work with.

  3. Koichi Ito says

    Why commemorative one of worst pest which Orkin’s pest control would kill them? So I would rather collect termite silver coin made by Perth Mint instead of Funnel Web Spider.

  4. deacono says

    Just got one of these yesterday. Love the design, nothing like it in bullion form. It does differ from the picture a little. Not really a reverse proof like it appears in the picture above. Nice bullion coin well struck.

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