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WALKING LEAF World Of Insects Silver Coin 2$ Palau 2011


Fourth coin issued by the Republic of Palau in 2011 belonging to series: "World of Insects". It depicts one of the most strange insect in the nature: the Walking Leaf.

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Extatosoma tiaratum, PSG9, or the Macleays spectre stick insect to give it its most commonly used common name, is a large popular stick insect from Australia. Also known as the giant prickly stick insect these are a very popular pet species due to their size, unusual appearance and ease of care.
In the wild Extatosoma tiaratum are native to Queensland and New South Wales, however it is also found as far as New Guinea due to introductions. Extatosoma tiaratum are extremely sexually dimorphic with the sexes being extremely easy to tell apart. Females are much larger and bulkier than males reaching up to 6inches long; the heavy bodied females covered in spikes which have both a defence and camouflage function. The females have very small wing buds in contrast to the males who have long wings and are quite adept at flying. The males possess very slender light bodies compared to the females, and are far less spectacular to look at.

  • CountryPalau
  • Year2011
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)15.57 (1/2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)35
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin reverse depicts a splendid typically coloured Walking Leaf, on left side the total representation of an insect while it's on a plant,the legend "EXTATOSOMA TIARATUM" and the year of issue. The coin obverse depicts the Palau State Coat of Arms.