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.