Australian coin firm Downies has issued the second coin in its
Remarkable Reptiles series from Tuvalu.
The 1-ounce .999 fine silver dollar for 2014 honors the thorny devil
lizard, a native of Australia. The first issue in the series, from
2013, honors the frilled neck lizard.
Struck by the Perth Mint, the coin shows the animal in full color on
the reverse, its defensive spikes on display. A master of desert
camouflage, the thorny devil is a distinctively Australian subject for
a coin. It is also referred to as the mountain devil, the thorny
lizard or the moloch.
The thorny devil is noted for its ability to regrow a tail in about
25 minutes, and uses its false head and multiple spikes to deter and
confuse would-be attackers.
The coin measures 40.6 millimeters in diameter and has a mintage
limit of 5,000 pieces. The coins are presented in a case with a
certificate of authenticity, and retail for $99 U.S.
To order or for more information, visit the firm's website at www.downies.com or telephone Downies
toll free at 877-897-7696.