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SALTWATER CROCODILE Deadly Dangerous Silver Coin 1$ Tuvalu 2009


The fourth release from this very popular coin series features the Saltwater Crocodile. Think of Australia’s most dangerous animal. Even though this series has already featured a red-back spider, great white shark and blue-ringed octopus, many would argue that the title should go to the saltwater crocodile.

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The saltwater crocodile (lat. Crocodylus Porosus), who is often called „Saltie“, is the largest living crocodile to this day. Fully-grown creatures reach an average body-length of five meters and in rare cases they even surpas six. They mainly feed on fish and tortoises; however mammals and birds of all kinds are among their prey. It is possible for saltwater crocodiles to reach 100 years of age. With their exceptional width and a pair of ridges which run from the eye orbits along the centre of the snout, they distinguish themselves visibly from other crocodile species.
Due to the fact that the saltwater crocodile claims fixed territories, the juveniles are always in search of new environments. Thus it is not surprising that the saltwater crocodile’s habitat is very large and reaches from East Indies to South-East Asia and Australia. This also encloses the whole Pacific Island World. A new coin release shows a saltwater crocodile in a snatching perspective.

  • CountryTuvalu
  • Year2009
  • 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 Australia’s deadly and dangerous saltwater crocodile with its jaws agape. With its predecessors sold-out, the coin’s limited mintage of 5,000 will surely be ‘snapped’ up in no time! Each coin is housed in a high-gloss timber presentation case and illustrated outer box appropriately emblazoned with the word ‘Danger’.
The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu.