Once one of the hottest coin series in the world when it debuted, the Perth Mints latest Deadly and Dangerous series of coloured silver coins is now in its eleventh year, and even if it has cooled off from its earlier highs, it still remains popular. The specification is a Perth Mint staple, a 40mm, one ounce fine silver coin with selective colouring, something they do to a high standard, so it's all about the subject matter rather than the physical characteristics of it. Packaging remains very well done, especially for the price, with a nice glossy wooden box in a coloured shipper with a Certificate of Authenticity tucked away inside.
This coin has a superior design to the last few in my view, much more interesting and dynamic, portraying this potent reptile in all its glory. It's the third snake coin to be released in the series and the best by far I think. Struck by the Perth Mint for Downies, it’s available to order from today for AUD$99.00.
The common death adder (Acanthophis antarcticus) is a species of death adder native to Australia. It is one of the most venomous land snakes in Australia and globally. It's distributed over much of eastern and coastal southern Australia – Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Common death adders are found in forests, woodlands, grasslands and heaths of the eastern coast of Australia where it is a master of camouflage, due to its band stripes, hiding beneath loose leaf litter and debris in woodland, shrubland and grassland.
Common death adders eat small mammals and birds as a primary diet. It covers itself with leaves—making itself inconspicuous—and lies coiled in ambush, twitching its grub-like tail close to its head as a lure. When an animal approaches to investigate the movement, the death adder quickly strikes, injecting its venom and then waits for the victim to die before eating it. The death adder is not aggressive and less of a threat to humans. The common death adder venom contains highly toxic neurotoxin which can cause paralysis or even death. It can deliver the fastest strike among all venomous snakes recorded in Australia. Human death can occur within six hours after the bite.