Creatures of the Deep proof coin (2023 Royal Australian Mint)
Australia expends considerable time and money monitoring and protecting its unique ecosystem, and one of the more impressive scientific instruments at its disposal is the RV Investigator. This 94-metre long research vessel, built in Singapore, was launched in 2014, and used by the Australian Government for oceanographic studies, geoscience, and fisheries research. Packed to the gills with state-of-the-art equipment, it continues to plough the seas. At the time of writing, it’s situated just off the coast of Antarctica.
The Royal Australian Mint has debuted a small coin, available in silver or gold, which features the vessel and one of its Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), in this case a deep tow camera. The ROV is depicted exploring the seabed and the flora and fauna that inhabit it, including a brittle star (Ophiuroidea), gold coral (Chrysogorgia), and spiny king crab (Neolithodes flindersi). The design is quite neat, if lacking a defined focal point, and the inscribed title in a font that harks back to 60s horror movies, is a neat touch.
The silver variant has a mintage of 5,000 pieces, and the 25.0 mm diameter coin weighs in at a scant 11.66 grams – unusual for the metal. The gold coin (mintage 2,023) is a tenth-ounce in weight, and 17.53 mm in diameter. Both versions come in unique packaging, and both are available now.
LINKS: ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT
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