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LIONFISH Australian Sea Life Silver Coin 50c Australia 2009

The first release from the five coin series, Australian Sea Life Series, marks the Lionfish 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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79.95 €

LIONFISH
The pacific Red Lionfish (lat. Pterois volitan) lives in the Pacific Ocean between Malaysia and Japan. He is nocturnal and only goes on prey hunt at night. During the day he mostly lingers under overhanging reefs. When the pacific Red Lionfish feels hassled it defends itself by stabbing with his extreme long and poisonous spines. Although the poison is not fatal it causes immense pain which only slowly wears off. It is not surprising that this sea dweller has therefore virtually no natural enemies.
The fish which can grow up to 40 centimeter is far from shy by nature and often swims towards divers unbothered. Then simply stay calm and proceed your dive unimpressed because the pacific Red Lionfish is not aggressive but merely inquisitive. Due to his eye-catching appearance this fish is often kept in show aquariums. This is a double-edged sword as most aquarists count to the victims of the pacific Red Lionfish.

Australian waters host some of the most famous reef systems in the world. From spectacular tropical corals to towering forests of kelp, these dynamic environments are teeming with aquatic life.
Celebrating the extraordinary array of creatures supported by Australia’s diverse marine habitats, this new silver coin series depicts five fascinating reef dwellers, commencing with the Lionfish.
Scheduled for individual release between September 2009 and May 2010, each coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.

All coins in the series:

  • 2009 Lionfish
  • 2009 Leafy Sea Dragon
  • 2010 Clownfish
  • 2010 Seahorse
  • 2010 Moray Eel
  • Country
    Australia
  • Year
    2009
  • Face Value
    50 Cent
  • Metal
    Silver
  • Fineness (purity)
    999/1000
  • Weight (g)
    15.57 (1/2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)
    35
  • Quality
    Proof
  • Mintage (pcs)
    10.000
  • Certificate (COA)
    Yes
  • Presentation case (box)
    Yes
The coin’s reverse portrays a Lionfish in colour. Covered in red to black bands, the Lionfish has very long pectoral and dorsal fins. The dorsal fin comprises an array of extremely venomous spines, which are used for protection against predators. Growing to around 35cm in length, the Lionfish can be found in tropical waters around the west, north and east coasts of Australia.
The reverse of each coin includes The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark. The Ian-Rank Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the year-date appears on the obverse of each coin.