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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.