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STARFISH Australian Sea Life II The Reef Silver Coin 50c Australia 2011


The second release from the five coin series, Australian Sea Life II Series, is a real stunner featuring everyone’s favourite sea creature:  the Starfish. Struck of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Australia.

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Starfish are beautiful animals that can be a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, although all resemble a star. While some appear smooth, they all have spines covering their upper surface and a soft underside. These iconic marine animals are fascinating creatures. Learn more about them below.
The starfish or ‘sea star’ is not really a fish as it does not have gills, scales, or fins like fish do and they move quite differently from fish. The lifespan of this marine creature varies between 10 years for smaller species and up to a reported 35 years for the larger species. Beyond its distinctive shape, the starfish is famous for its ability to regenerate limbs, and in some cases, its entire body. The starfish moves through the ocean using a specially evolved water vascular system, and can be found in the tropical temperate regions around Australia.

Tha coins in the series:

  • Hawksbill Turtle
  • Starfish
  • Surgeonfish
  • Octopus
  • Manta Ray
  • CountryAustralia
  • Year2011
  • Face Value50 Cents
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)15.57 (1/2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)36.6
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)10.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin’s reverse depicts a starfish in colour and includes The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark. Incorporated into the design are the inscriptions, AUSTRALIAN SEA LIFE II – THE REEF – STARFISH. The obverse depicts the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2011 year-date. The coin is housed in a display case with a stunningly illustrated coral reef shipper, and accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Each shipper joins with other shippers in the series to create a superb underwater scene.