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OCTOPUS Australian Sea Life II The Reef Silver Coin 50c Australia 2012


The fourth release in the stunning series, Australian Sea Life II Series,  features a spectacularly realistic portrayal of an octopus. Australian Sea Life II Series. 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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Octopus vulgaris
Octopus vulgaris lives in tropical and semitropical waters in oceans around the world; from the Atlantic, Indian, Pacific Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea. They inhabit shallow waters and can be seen up to 200 meters, but the common octopus is generally found in the "near shore zone"
This marine species has two eyes, four pairs of arms and unusually, three hearts. It also has no internal or external skeleton, allowing it to squeeze through tight places. The octopus is among the most intelligent of all invertebrates and if threatened will hide, flee, expel ink, or use colour-changing camouflage. They have a short life span of between 6 months and five years, depending on the species.
Octopus vulgaris is a prevalent Octopod in most major oceans, but despite its abundance is surprisingly elusive. The diurnal and nocturnal octopus has an average mantle length of twenty five centimeters with arms extending over one meter. They have been found in a wide range of depths from as little as five meters to as deep as two hundred. Although they are solitary organisms, the females will stay and brood their eggs, giving her own life for her unhatched young. Both sexes have a limited life span of twelve to fifteen months. They are both merciless predators of mollusks and crustaceans and prey to larger organisms such as seals and carnivorous fish.

Tha coins in the series:

  • Hawksbill Turtle
  • Starfish
  • Surgeonfish
  • Octopus
  • Manta Ray
  • CountryAustralia
  • Year2012
  • 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 an octopus in colour and includes The Perth Mint’s 'P' mintmark. Incorporated into the design are the inscriptions: AUSTRALIAN SEA LIFE II – THE REEF – OCTOPUS. The obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2012 year-date and the monetary denomination. 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.