The Perth Mints latest Deadly and Dangerous coin has debuted and continues on from last years creepy-crawlie with another one, the Australian Bull Ant. A very aggressive creature with a powerful sting they’re not afraid to use, this ant is listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the worlds most dangerous. Able to induce anaphylactic shock in people allergic to the venom, there have been several human deaths as a result. Growing up to an unpleasant 40mm (1.6″) in length and having superior vision, they’re able to track and follow prey and intruders from up to a metre away. All but one of the 94 species are endemic to Australia.
The coin has no surprises with regards to specification or packaging. It’s a popular series, although not one that commands the same level of interest as a few years ago. Early coins, especially the Redback Spider, can go for serious money, but most of the last few are available at the launch price. The coins universally look good in the hand, much nicer than the official art images suggest and the presentation is first class, especially at this price point. Struck by the Perth Mint for Downies, it’s available to order from today for AUD$99.00. We’ve added this coin to our new Deadly and Dangerous Coin Series Profile which is now complete and up to date.
An outstanding addition to one of the most sought after programs in international numismatics, the 10th release of the Australian Deadly & Dangerous Silver Proof Series forms a truly terrifying tribute to Australia’s iconic Bull Ant.
Amongst the world’s oldest ants, having first appeared approximately 100 million years ago, Bull Ants were once found in both the Americas and Europe. Believed to have been first discovered in Australia by Sir Joseph Banks in 1770 whilst sailing the world with James Cook, Bull Ants are today known by over 90 species – all but one of which are endemic to Australia.
Well known for its large powerful jaws and venomous stinger, the Bull Ant has been certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s most dangerous ant, having caused a number of deaths to humans allergic to their powerful venom. A brilliant exemplification of the Perth Mint’s world-renowned full-colour minting, the distinctive appearance of the Bull Ant has been captured perfectly upon the crown-sized 40.60mm flan of this dramatic legal tender release.
DESIGN: The reverse of the coin features a coloured Australian Bull Ant resting on a leaf while in the background numerous other ants swarm around. The inscription AUSTRALIA’S BULL ANT also appears in the design.
PACKAGING: Supplied in a high-gloss wooden box with a removable holder that allows the coin to displayed vertically. All is provided in a coloured shipper.
|DENOMINATION||COMPOSITION||WEIGHT||DIAMETER||FINISH||MINTAGE||BOX / COA|
|$1 TUVALU||0.999 SILVER||31.135 g||40.60 mm||PROOF||5,000||YES / YES|
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