2016 Australian Saltwater Crocodiles Featuring “Monty”

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The Royal Australian Mint has released two new Australian Saltwater Crocodile silver coins for 2016. Both coins are composed of an ounce of 99.9% silver and feature Monty, a 41-year-old crocodile from the Australia Zoo. A long time favorite at the zoo, Monty is also known for having appeared with Steve and Terri Irwin in The Crocodile Hunter.

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The $5 Saltwater Crocodile Coin-Monty carries a Proof finish and features a reverse image of Monty leaping from the water after his food. Included in the field are the inscriptions SALTWATER CROCODILE, MONTY, FIVE DOLLARS, and 1 OZ .999 Ag. It is engraved in high relief.

The coin’s obverse bears Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, with the inscriptions ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, and 2016 positioned along the rim.

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The 2016 $5 Australian Saltwater Crocodile-Monty coin costs $100 AUD, measures 32 mm in diameter, and has a mintage limited to 1,500 pieces.

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The 2016 $1 Australian Saltwater Crocodile-Monty coin carries a frosted Uncirculated finish, with a diameter of 40 mm and a mintage limited to 5,000 pieces. It can be purchased for $80.00 AUD.

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The reverse design features an image of Monty stretching high out of the water, with the inscriptions SALTWATER CROCODILE, MONTY, ONE DOLLAR, and 1 OZ .999 Ag included along the rim.

The obverse is similar to that of the $5 issue, with Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II at the center of the design and ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, and 2016 placed along the rim.

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Monty is the fourth crocodile to be featured as part of this series, which will see the Mint collaborating with the Australia Zoo over a 12-year period. For more information on these and other coins offered by the Royal Australian Mint, please visit the Mint’s Web site.

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  1. Broooster says

    No one bothered to comment on this. I can’t believe it. I found a good deal on the Bay so I picked one up, figured I couldn’t go wrong being its UHR and low mintage. Will fit in just fine with my other UHR pieces. I will probably pick up some bullion pieces for the grand kids.

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