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Tuvalu 2014 Deadly & Dangerous - Spider-Hunting Scorpion $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color

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The ninth release in the incredibly popular Deadly & Dangerous series features the fearless, venomous Spider-Hunting Scorpion, ready to sting on this full color, frosted cameo proof silver dollar!

Sold out at the Mint!If you've followed the Deadly and Dangerous Series since its inception, you already know our advice: never wait to place your order! These killer animals sell out quickly and skyrocket in price! This new release is the Australian Spider-Hunting Scorpion (Isometoides vesus), also known as the Spiral Burrow Scorpion - among the most deadly scorpions in the world! This bad boy lives in the Australian outback and desert, where it stalks spiders (including the fearsome wolf spider) to their underground lairs, where it stings them to death with its toxic venom! Whereas most scorpions are opportunistic generalists, eating whatever prey they can capture, the Spider-Hunting Scorpion is the only known specialist scorpion. And if you're hunting the aggressive wolf spider, you'd better be a specialist!

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Scorpion coins are few and far between! Collectors need this silver dollar not only for the Deadly & Dangerous series, but also to complete their numismatic zoo! As far as we know, this is the first (and only) appearance of the Spider-Hunting Scorpion on a coin!

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A deadly and dangerous Spider-Hunting ScorpionInvestment Note
This is the ninth release in the Deadly and Dangerous series from the Perth Mint. All previous releases sold out at the Mint in record time and increased in value. Given the theme as well as the woefully inadequate mintage limit of only 5,000 per release, it's only natural that collectors, investors and speculators have flocked to these beautiful coins and driven the prices skyward! Get your one troy ounce, Spider-Hunting Scorpion pure silver dollar with color now!

Other releases in the Deadly and Dangerous series may be available:
    2009 Salt Water Crocodile
    2010 Eastern Brown Snake
    2011 Box Jellyfish
    2012 Funnel-Web Spider
    2013 Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake

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Technology Note
The Perth Mint of Australia employs its own proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The vibrant hues and precise execution of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.

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Tuvalu 2014 Spider-Hunting Scorpion Pure Silver Dollar in full packagingA full color portrait with frosted cameo detail of a spider-hunting scorpion in its native marine environment, eating a large spider that it has just stung! The legend AUSTRALIA'S SPIDER-HUNTING SCORPION defines the theme. The legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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

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The coin is encapsulated inside an elegant, luxury presentation case made of highly polished, solid wood and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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SpecificationsA deadly and dangerous Spider-Hunting Scorpion
Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2014
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   4.00 mm
Mintage Limit    5,000
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

The Island Nation of Tuvalu

Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbors are Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji. It is comprised of four reef islands and five true atolls. Its population of 11,992 makes it the third-least populated independent country in the world, with only Vatican City and Nauru having fewer inhabitants. It is also the second-smallest member by population of the United Nations. In terms of physical land size, at just 10 square miles Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, larger only than the Vatican City, Monaco and Nauru.

The first inhabitants of Tuvalu were Polynesian people, who arrived about 3000 years go. The islands came under Great Britain's sphere of influence in the late 19th century. The Ellice Islands were administered by Britain as part of a protectorate from 1892 to 1916 and as part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony from 1916 to 1974. In 1974 the Ellice Islanders voted for separate British dependency status as Tuvalu, separating from the Gilbert Islands which became Kiribati upon independence. Tuvalu became fully independent within The Commonwealth in 1978. with Queen Elizabeth II as titular head of state.

Because Tuvalu has few natural resources it has been dependent in recent years upon aid from larger, more developed nations, including Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The Perth Mint of Australia is officially commissioned by the government of Tuvalu to produce legal tender coinage for the island nation.

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