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FUNNEL WEB SPIDER Australia Deadly Dangerous Silver Coin 1$ Tuvalu 2012


A dramatic addition to one of the hottest programs in numismatics, the latest issue in the Australian Deadly & Dangerous Series pays homage to what some consider the most dangerous spider in the world the Funnel Web Spider. A typically stunning example of the peerless full-colour minting techniques of The Perth Mint.

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Funnel-Web Spider
Funnel-web spiders are some of the world’s most deadly spiders and are found in coastal and mountain regions of eastern and southern Australia.
They are large black spiders with a shiny head/thorax. The body may range from 1.5 cm up to more than 5 cm long depending on the species.
Female funnel-web spiders are stockier than males, with shorter legs and a bigger abdomen, which may be brown or bluish. The eyes are small and closely grouped, the fang bases extend horizontally from the front of the head and the long fangs lie parallel underneath (do not check this on a live spider!).
Funnel-web spiders live in burrows in sheltered positions in the ground, or in stumps, tree trunks or ferns above the ground. Their burrows are lined with a sock of opaque white silk and several strong strands of silk radiating from the entrance.
Their venom is highly toxic, and all species should be considered potentially dangerous. Males wander at night, especially during or after rain, and may enter houses.
Bites by males of two large species, the Sydney funnel-web and northern tree funnel-web, have resulted in death.

  • CountryTuvalu
  • Year2012
  • 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 depicts a Funnel-Web Spider against a semi-coloured background of leaf and web. The inscription AUSTRALIA’S FUNNEL WEB SPIDER is included in the design. Issued as legal tender of Tuvalu, the coin depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and the monetary denomination. Each coin is housed in a high-gloss timber presentation case and shipper emblazoned with the warning ‘DANGER’.