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THORNY DEVIL LIZARD Remarkable Reptiles 1oz Gold Proof Coin 100$ Niue 2015


Uniting a troy ounce of pure, prestigious 99.99% gold with a dramatic burst of full-colour, this official legal tender issue is a truly breathtaking example of the power and precision of modern minting. Produced by Switzerland’s precious metal experts, Produits Artistiques Metaux Precieux PAMP, this highly desirable gold Proof coin has been created with different levels of fully struck-up relief.

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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.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2015
  • Face Value100 Dollars
  • MetalGold
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)150
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin’s reverse portrays a coloured Thorny Devil in defence mode, in his natural habitat. The design also incorporates the inscription THORNY DEVIL LIZARD. Issued as legal tender of Niue, the coin depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and the monetary denomination.