Once one of the hottest series in the coin world, driven by the phenomenal success of the debut Red-back Spider coin, Deadly & Dangerous is still going strong after 15 years. It isn’t slowing down, with this week seeing the 16th coin in the series making an appearance. A one-ounce, proof with colour series issued for Tuvalu, each one depicts an animal from Australia’s boundless selection of man-hating fauna, whether on land, or in the sea (fortunately, the skies seem to be fairly sedate in comparison…).
This time we’re back getting our feet wet with a relatively harmless animal, but one that gained worldwide notoriety when it took the life of the legendary and much loved naturalist, Steve Irwin. These things do occur in nature,, and we’re sure Steve would have been the first to defend the Stingray. Whatever the case, it makes for a good looking entrant in the series, packed with interest and with a restrained use of colour.
Sitting alongside the silver is the now obligatory gold version, which, metal aside, looks identical. That gold version has a mintage of just 150, while the silver halves to just 2,500 pieces. Both have excellent packaging and are available from Downies and other retailers.
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