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


The stunning Sea Life II, The Reef series, has come to an end, with the release of the fifth, and final, coin featuring a spectacularly realistic portrayal of a manta ray. 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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Manta ray
The manta ray is one of the largest marine species on the Great Barrier Reef. This magnificent and graceful creature can grow to 5 metres in width and weigh several hundred kilograms. Manta rays feed on plankton and fish larvae, filtered from the water passing through their gills as they swim. Manta rays display curiosity around humans, and swim among divers. It is still not known how long the manta ray lives.
The harmless rays have a short tail and no stinging spine. They are very acrobatic; they can even leap from the water. Remoras (Echeneida) are frequently seen with mantas, staying near the manta's mouth (even inside the gill cavities). The remoras probably feed on parasites on the manta's body and eat bits of the manta's food.
Mantas are dark brown to black on top with paler margins; they are mostly white underneath and they have no teeth; they sieve their food.

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 a manta ray in colour and includes The Perth Mint’s 'P' mintmark. Incorporated into the design are the inscriptions: AUSTRALIAN SEA LIFE II – THE REEF – MANTA RAY. 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.