The spider-hunting scorpion is the latest subject of a popular modern coin program.
The Perth Mint and distributor Downies on May 20 in Australia (May 19 in North America) launched the ninth coin in the Deadly & Dangerous series, which began in 2006 with a coin celebrating the red-backed spider. The series honors Australia’s varied wildlife, which includes some of the most dangerous and deadly animals in the world.
The spider-hunting scorpion can be identified by its large pincers and twisting tail topped with a stinger.
Every issue in the program of Proof 1-ounce .999 fine silver dollar coins has sold out its 5,000-coin mintage per design, and early issues command many multiples of their issue price (the 2006 coin, for instance, regularly trades for around $1,000 U.S. or higher). Even more recent issues trade for premiums above their issue price.
The coins measure 40.6 millimeters in diameter, and each issue features a colorful reverse highlighting a different "deadly and dangerous" animal.
A view of the scorpion, its name and a reference to the coin's fineness and metal alloy fill the reverse of the series' new legal tender Tuvalu coin. The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse.
The coin is presented within a high-gloss timber case, accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity.
Downies, the Perth Mint and Talisman Coins (the Perth Mint’s distributor in the United States) all offer the coin, at varying prices.