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DINGO Australian Apex Predators 1 Oz Silver Coin 1$ Cook Islands 2016


This Silver coin is the second issue in the new series "Australian Apex Predators". This series features five of Australia’s top level predators captured in a timeless black and white design. This second edition features a powerful animal, the Dingo, a wild dog found in Australia. Limited mintage to only 2.000 pieces worldwide.

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Originally a domestic dog thought to have been brought to Australia by the Aborigines’, though studies show it was more feasible dingoes arrived over land bridges that existed than by being introduced by humans over the sea. The dingo is a tireless hunter and will cross large expanses of desert and open bush in search of its prey.Similar to the domestic dog, in particular the German Shepherd, their coat is usually reddish-brown with irregular white markings, although the colouring varies across its range. The colour of a dingo can determine where it is from, for example, dark brown coats derive from forested area and a more typical tan colour is associated with arid land. It has a long pointed muzzle and a mouth containing large molars and long canine teeth. Their ears are quite large, pointed and permanently erect. Their tails are bushy and have a distinctive white tip. The female obtains some of the moisture she needs to produce milk for her puppies by eating their droppings. It was known that a female moved a litter of six pups individually over 9km in a single night, a total journey of 180km. The loose family group in which the dingo lives is kept within a core territory which it protects. Its total range, however, is far larger and often overlaps with that of other groups.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2016
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Size (mm)29 x 50
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The reverse of this coin depicts in detail the formidable dingo surveying its territory. It also records the year of production: “2016”, the signature of the artist Elise Martinson – on the bottom of the reverse, and the coin’s weight and purity: “One Troy Ounce 99.9 Silver”. The obverse design includes the Ian Rank Broadly effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as well as the country: “Cook Islands” and date of issue: “2016”, and the piece’s value in Cook Island dollars: “1 Dollar”.