The spider-hunting scorpion is the latest subject of a popular modern
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
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.
Downies offers the coin for $99 U.S; to order from
Downies, visit the firm's website.
The Perth Mint offers the coin for $84.31; to order
from the Perth Mint, visit its website.
Talisman Coins offers the coin for $79.95 U.S.
Telephone Talisman Coins toll free at 888-552-2646 or visit its website.