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CHEVROLET CORVETTE STING RAY Sports Cars Silver Coin 1$ Tuvalu 2006


The Perth Mint has reproduced images of five of the world's legendary sports cars in gleaming colour on the coins. This stunning coin celebrates one of the world’s classic sports cars – the Corvette Sting Ray.

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The Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car manufactured in six generations by General Motors (GM) since 1953. The first Corvette was designed by Harley Earl and named by Myron Scott after the fast ship of the same name. Originally built in Flint, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri, it is currently built at a GM assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The National Corvette Museum and annual National Corvette Homecoming, also located in Bowling Green, celebrate the car's history.

The generations produced so far, sometimes referred to as C1 (the first) through C6 (the current one), each have various versions with differing features; for example, C6 includes the ZR1, which has the most powerful engine used in a production Corvette to date. Over the years, versions of the car have won awards from magazines such as Motor Trend and Car and Driver and from organizations like the Society of Automotive Engineers, and have been used from time to time as pace cars for the long-running Indianapolis 500 race since 1978.

While sold under the Chevrolet marque in the United States and other locations in the world, it is sold under its own Corvette marque in Europe and Japan, where the car is also rather rare. The car is built in coupé and convertible versions; the possibility of a sedan version has also been considered by GM executives.

The five coins in this series:

  • Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
  • Jaguar E-Type
  • Corvette Sting Ray
  • Datsun 240Z
  • Lamborghini Countach
  • CountryTuvalu
  • Year2006
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40.6
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)3.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin’s coloured reverse portrays the ‘all new’ 1963 Corvette Sting Ray, a sports car so popular in the United States that initial supply could hardly kept pace with demand. Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu, the coin bears the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2006 year-date on its obverse.