Bullion coins like the Panda or Koala depict cute native animals, but
a new silver bullion coin issued by Scottsdale Mint brings a bit of a
The Deathstalker Scorpion 1-ounce .999 fine silver
coin, denominated 500 francs CFA and issued for Chad, is now available
from Scottsdale Mint.
The Brilliant Uncirculated coin is
housed in a capsule and has a mintage limit of 50,000 pieces.
According to Scottsdale, the coin “features a small, yet
horrifying creature you should hope to never encounter in real
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The deathstalker scorpion is an excellent hunter and employs a host
of nightmarish features to survive in the harsh desert climates it
populates. It is nocturnal and hunts its prey by stalking and then
ambushing from a dark crevice, using its pincers to subdue and weaken
its victim before injecting poison from a barbed venomous tail
It has a multiple sets of eyes, and on all of
its legs tiny hairs help detect vibrations in the ground from the
slightest movements of its prey.
The poison is a cocktail
of neurotoxins and cardiotoxins, which can cause catastrophic heart
and breathing issues for the unlucky recipient. Despite the menacing
name, the deathstalker scorpion’s sting rarely kills a human, but it’s
still incredibly painful and medical attention is advised.
Scientists have discovered the venom has a potential to treat
human cancer tumors due its content of a substance called chlorotoxin.
Other compounds are helpful in treating the effects of diabetes.
The reverse of the 2017 coin shows the scorpion, tale poised to
strike, against a pebbly, grainy background meant to mimic the sandy
The obverse of the coin displays the seal of the
Republic of Chad, the issuing monetary authority for this coin that
bears a face value of 500 francs CFA.
The coin is
currently available through Scottsdale’s eBay store for approximately
a 33 percent premium over the spot or precious metal price.
No other distributors were offering the coins as of press time