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Australia 2006-P Discover Australia - Saltwater Crocodile $5 1/25 Ounce .9999 Pure Gold Proof DX1

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The fearsome saltwater croc, the largest living reptile, stalks its prey on this affordable, pure gold beauty!

Sold out at the Mint! The saltwater or estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) is the largest of all living reptiles (and therefore of all living crocodilians as well). A large male can measure over 20 feet long and weigh over 2,500 pounds! The saltwater croc is found in suitable habitats throughout Southeast Asia, northern Australia, and the surrounding waters. Saltwater crocodiles are known in northern Australia as "salties" (as opposed to the smaller, freshwater crocodile species colloquially called "freshies"). Due to this species' tendency to travel very long distances at sea, individual saltwater crocodiles occasionally show up in odd locales where they are not native. Vagrant individuals have historically been reported on New Caledonia, Iwo Jima, Fiji, and even in the relatively frigid Sea of Japan (thousands of miles from their native territory.)

A massive male saltwater crocodile waits on the river bank, eyeing its potential prey.The obverse depicts a large male saltie making an aggressive display in its native river habitat, with water plants in the foreground. Saltwater crocodiles generally spend the tropical wet season in freshwater swamps and rivers, moving downstream to estuaries in the dry season, and sometimes traveling far out to sea. Crocodiles compete fiercely with each other for territory, with dominant males in particular occupying the most eligible stretches of freshwater creeks and streams. Junior crocodiles are thus forced into the more marginal river systems and sometimes into the ocean. This explains the large distribution of the animal (ranging from the east coast of India to northern Australia) as well as its being found in odd places on occasion (such as the Sea of Japan). Saltwater crocodiles can swim 15 to 18 miles per hour in short bursts, but when cruising go 2 to 3 mph.

A Powerful and Deadly Predator
The saltwater crocodile is an opportunistic apex predator capable of taking any animal that enters their territory, either in the water or on dry land.  Domestic cattle, horse, water buffalo, sharks and gaur, all of which may weigh over a ton, are considered the largest prey taken by male crocodiles. Don't go swimming here! An Australian warning sign advises of the dangers of being eaten by a saltwater crocodile. Sudden attacks can occur at any time.As an ambush predator, it usually waits for its prey to get close to the water's edge before striking, using its great strength to drag the animal back into the water. Most prey animals are killed by the great jaw pressure of the crocodile, although some animals may be incidentally drowned. It is an immensely powerful animal, having the strength to drag a fully grown water buffalo into a river, or crush a full-grown bovid's skull between its jaws.

In its deadliest attack, called the "death roll," the saltie grabs onto the animal and rolls powerfully. This throws any struggling large animal off balance making it easier to drag it into the water. The "death roll" is also used for tearing apart large animals once they are dead. The only threats to adult saltwater crocodiles are other crocodiles and humans.

Of course, the saltwater croc also poses a threat to humans as well.  In Australia, attacks are rare and usually make headlines when they do occur. There are, on average, no more than one or two fatal attacks reported per year in the country. The low level of attacks is most likely due to the extensive effort by local wildlife officials to post crocodile "warning" signs at nearly every billabong, river, lake and even at some beaches and also due to the relatively well-informed nature of the local citizens.

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Technology Note
The marvelous minting and refining technologies of the Perth Mint have brought us this petite gold proof, in a purity (99.99%) that puts other, larger gold coins to shame!

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Obverse
The 2006 1/25th Ounce Gold Proof Saltwater Crocodile $5 from the Perth Mint of Australia in its box of issueThe obverse depicts a large male saltie making an aggressive display in its native river habitat, with water plants in the foreground. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed between the croc's left front and rear legs, with the date of issue located below. The legend 1/25 OZ. 9999 GOLD guarantees the weight and purity.

Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl drop earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend ELIZABETH II and denomination also appear.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside an elegant, luxury presentation case with a native Australian jarrah wood lid, protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Jarrah is a species of eucalyptus tree found in the southwest of Western Australia. Because of its similar appearance to mahogany, jarrah is sometimes referred to as Swan River mahogany, after the river that runs through Perth.

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Specifications
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2006
   
Face Value 5 Dollars
Weight 1.235 g
Diameter 14.10 mm
Gauge (Thickness)     1.10 mm
Mintage Limit 25,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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