AUSTRALIAN GOANNA Remarkable Reptiles 1 Oz Silver Proof Coin 1$ Tuvalu 2016

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This is the fourth coin from the Remarkable Reptiles series and features the Australian Goanna. Around 30 species of goanna are known, 25 of which are found in Australia. The coin is colored, has a Proof quality, 1 Ounce weight and will be shipped in a special case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 5.000 pcs worldwide.

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Specifications
Country Tuvalu
Year 2016
Face Value 1 Dollar
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 31.1 (1 oz)
Diameter (mm) 40.6
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 5.000
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
 
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Australian Goanna
A goanna is any of several Australian monitor lizards of the genus Varanus, as well as certain species from Southeast Asia. Around 30 species of goanna are known, 25 of which are found in Australia. This varied group of carnivorous reptiles ranges greatly in size and fills several ecological niches. The goanna features prominently in Aboriginal mythology and Australian folklore. Being predatory lizards, goannas are often quite large, or at least bulky, with sharp teeth and claws. The largest is the perentie (V. giganteus), which can grow over 2.5 m (8.2 ft) in length. Not all goannas are gargantuan. Pygmy goannas may be smaller than a man's arm. The smallest of these, the short-tailed monitor (Varanus brevicuda) reaches only 20 cm in length. They survive on smaller prey, such as insects and mice. Goannas combine predatory and scavenging behaviours. A goanna will prey on any animal it can catch and is small enough to eat whole. Goannas have been blamed for the death of sheep by farmers, though most likely erroneously, as goannas are also eaters of carrion and are attracted to rotting meat.

 
Design

The coin’s reverse portrays a coloured Goanna bordered by a montage of exotic reptile skin patterns. On the bottom of the reverse, the inscription: “Australian Goanna” – the name of the coin. The coin’s obverse depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “Elizabeth II”, “Tuvalu” – the issue country, “2016” – the issue year, “1 Dollar” - the face value and “1 Oz 999 Silver” – the weight and the fineness of Silver.

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