The feral dog known as the dingo lives up to its reputation as a
“deadly and dangerous” animal of Australia.
The deadly predator is showcased on the newest Proof Deadly and
Dangerous silver dollar from Downies. Like the other coins in the
series, it is struck by the Perth Mint.
The coin “deftly captures the beauty and power of one of Australia’s
most enigmatic creatures,” according to Downies.
Dingoes are deeply embedded within Australian culture and have been
for thousands of years.
Indigenous Australians were sometimes even buried with their canine
companions. Dingoes are famous both in Australia and abroad: an
estimated 500,000 tourists are drawn to Fraser Island annually, where
Australia’s purest dingo population resides.
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The dingo has a lean, agile body and enterprising mind. Its
fighting resilience and carnivore diet have led to some fascinating
faceoffs with its prey, which is predominantly the kangaroo.
The Proof 1-ounce silver dollar from Tuvalu features a
“photo-realistic reverse design,” according to Downies.
“With the warm gold and dusky russet tones of this image, we’re
immediately transported to the Australian Outback: dry and
unforgiving, but hauntingly beautiful. The howling animal is given
pride of place in the foreground. In a visual twist, another appears
in the background, but in relief. A pack-mate, or another lone ranger?
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The coin is housed in Deadly and Dangerous themed packaging and
accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity.
The coin for Australia’s animal anti-hero has a mintage limit of
5,000 pieces and retails for $109 in Australian funds ($85 U.S.)
To learn more, or order the coin, visit Downies website.