Final coin in Perth Mint’s Megafauna series launched July 3, featuring extinct monitor lizard

Proof 2014 1-ounce silver dollar celebrates megalania
By , Coin World
Published : 07/08/14
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The final coin in a five-coin set showcasing Australia’s giant prehistoric animals is now available.

The newest colorful Proof 2014 .999 fine silver dollar honors the megalania, a venomous, giant extinct goanna or monitor lizard that was part of a range of megafaunal creatures that inhabited Australia during the Pleistocene period. 

The Australian Megafauna coin series goes back in time to discover the larger-than-life animals that once roamed Australia.

The new release, issued July 3, was designed by world-renowned freelance artist Peter Trusler, a zoological science graduate from Monash University, Melbourne, who has designed postage stamps, coins and more.

The coin’s reverse depicts a megalania set against a colored background. The inscription MEGALANIA, the coin’s weight and purity, and the Perth Mint’s P Mint mark are also incorporated into the design.

The coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, the year-date and the monetary denomination.

The coin weighs 31.135 grams and measures 40.6 millimeters in diameter. 

The coin has a maximum mintage of 6,500 pieces (as with all previous issues in the series).

The coins come in an illustrated shipper and are accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity. 

Previous releases celebrate the procoptodon, diprotodon, genyornis and thylacoleo.

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