This incredible 2 Oz Silver coin...
The first release from the five coin series, Australian Sea Life Series, marks the Lionfish struck of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Australia.
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The pacific Red Lionfish (lat. Pterois volitan) lives in the Pacific Ocean between Malaysia and Japan. He is nocturnal and only goes on prey hunt at night. During the day he mostly lingers under overhanging reefs. When the pacific Red Lionfish feels hassled it defends itself by stabbing with his extreme long and poisonous spines. Although the poison is not fatal it causes immense pain which only slowly wears off. It is not surprising that this sea dweller has therefore virtually no natural enemies.
The fish which can grow up to 40 centimeter is far from shy by nature and often swims towards divers unbothered. Then simply stay calm and proceed your dive unimpressed because the pacific Red Lionfish is not aggressive but merely inquisitive. Due to his eye-catching appearance this fish is often kept in show aquariums. This is a double-edged sword as most aquarists count to the victims of the pacific Red Lionfish.
Australian waters host some of the most famous reef systems in the world. From spectacular tropical corals to towering forests of kelp, these dynamic environments are teeming with aquatic life.
Celebrating the extraordinary array of creatures supported by Australia’s diverse marine habitats, this new silver coin series depicts five fascinating reef dwellers, commencing with the Lionfish.
Scheduled for individual release between September 2009 and May 2010, each coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.
All coins in the series: