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THORNY DEVIL LIZARD Remarkable Reptiles Moloch Silver Proof Coin 1$ Tuvalu 2014


The second coin from this remarkable series features the Thorny Devil Lizard.
The colouring of this distinctive lizard helps to camouflage it from predators, and the sharp spines or thorns which cover the length of its body protect it from any attacks. This fearsome looking creature is a magnificent addition to this popular series celebrating Australia's remarkable reptiles.

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Thorny Devil Lizard
The thorny dragon or thorny devil (Moloch horridus) is an Australian lizard, also known as the mountain devil, the thorny lizard, or the moloch. This is the sole species of genus Moloch. The thorny devil grows up to 20 cm (8.0 in) in length, and it can live up to 20 years. Most of these lizards are coloured in camouflaging shades of desert browns and tans. These colours change from pale colours during warm weather and to darker colours during cold weather. These animals are covered entirely with conical spines that are mostly uncalcified.
The thorny dragon also features a spiny "false head" on the back of its neck, and the lizard presents this to potential predators by dipping its real head. The females are larger than the males. The thorny dragon's body is ridged in structure, and this enables the animal to collect water from any part of its body. That water is then conveyed to its mouth.

  • CountryTuvalu
  • Year2014
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40.6
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The coin’s reverse portrays a coloured Thorny Devil in defence mode, bordered by a montage of exotic reptile skin patterns. The design also incorporates the inscription THORNY DEVIL LIZARD. Issued as legal tender of Tuvalu, the coin depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and the monetary denomination.