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Tuvalu 2017 Australia's Remarkable Reptiles #5 - Saltwater Crocodile $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color P03

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Get the latest release in this tremendously popular series - Australia's Remarkable Reptiles! The beautiful design, very low mintage (only 5,000) and full color make the ferocious Saltwater Crocodile pure silver dollar the perfect addition to your numismatic zoo!

Fifth in this highly popular series - Australia's Remarkable Reptiles! Following hot on the heels of the extraordinarily popular Deadly & Dangerous Series and Endangered & Extinct Series from the Perth Mint (Australia's precious metals experts), the colorful Remarkable Reptiles Series features a very low mintage limit coupled with vibrant, dynamic designs. Each pure silver dollar portrays a distinctly native Aussie reptile in glorious, full color, set in its natural environment, and surrounded by border of teeth, claws and scales! Capture these cold-blooded denizens of from Down Under before they get away for good!

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Remarkable Reptiles #5 - Saltwater Crocodile BoxWith a total mintage limit of only 5,000, and being the fifth in an unique and highly desirable series, the Saltwater Crocodile may sell out at the Mint quickly and be sought after for years to come! Our recommendation? Add this large, pure silver dollar with a popular animal theme to your own personal numismatic zoo now! Coins in the Remarkable Reptiles Series:

    1)  Frilled Neck Lizard $1 Pure Silver Dollar
    2)  Thorny Devil Lizard or Dragon $1 Pure Silver Dollar
    3)  Blue Tongued Lizard or Skink $1 Pure Silver Dollar
    4)  Goanna Monitor Lizard $1 Pure Silver Dollar
    5)  Saltwater Crocodile $1 Pure Silver Dollar

    +  Blue Tongued Lizard $100 Pure Gold Proof (mintage 150)
    +  Goanna Monitor Lizard $100 Pure Gold Proof (mintage 150)

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The Saltwater Crocodile
A massive male saltwater crocodile waits on the river bank, eyeing its potential prey.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. Saltwater 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.

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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.A Powerful and Deadly Predator
The saltwater crocodile is an opportunistic apex predator capable of taking any animal that enters its 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. 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.

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Of course, the saltwater crocodile 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.

Please see the presentation lower on this page for more information about Tuvalu and its association with Australia.

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Investment Note
A massive male saltwater crocodile waits on the river bank, eyeing its potential prey.The Saltwater Croc $1 Pure Silver Dollar is the fifth release in the popular and exciting Remarkable Reptiles Series from the Perth Mint. Like previous releases in the Deadly & Dangerous series and the Endangered & Extinct Series, we expect this reptile to sell quickly, and so stand to increase significantly in value. Given the theme or topic 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!

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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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Remarkable Reptiles #5 - Saltwater Crocodile in BoxObverse
A full color, naturalistic portrait of a giant Saltwater crocodile in its natural surroundings, framed by the border of reptilian scales, teeth, claws and skin. The legend SALTWATER CROCODILE defines the theme.

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Reverse
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, while the legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside an elegant, luxury presentation case of highly polished, glossy red and black color, with black velvet and satin interior, and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2017
   
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.

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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.

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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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