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Tuvalu 2018 Looney Tunes #5 Taz Tasmanian Devil Merrie Melodies $1 Pure Silver Dollar Animation Proof with Color P10

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He's one wild and cray-zee guy (and the 5th and final release in the 2018 Looney Tunes Series)! Let's get wound up with the Tasmanian Devil, better known as Taz, as captured in full color on this exciting, one half troy ounce pure silver proof half dollar!

Welcome to Warner Brothers Looney Tunes! The fifth and final release in the series is everyone's favorite maniac, the crazed Tasmanian Devil, affectionately called "Taz". The Tasmanian Devil debuted in the 1954 short Devil May Hare featuring Bugs Bunny. His personality is purportedly based on the real life Australian marsupial, particularly its insatiable appetite and disagreeable temperament. Pacified only by music, Taz is ferocious, impatient, devious and prone to terrible tantrums. Chewing through almost anything, spinning like a tornado, and emitting rough grunts, growls and screeches, he is like no other contemporary Warner Bros. cartoon character in his extremes of craziness!

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Little-Known Fact
Taz's real first name is revealed in the 1957 short Bedeviled Rabbit, when his wife addresses him as "Claude".  Claude! Who knew?!?!

Taz is generally portrayed as a ferocious, albeit dim-witted, omnivore with a notoriously short temper and little patience. He got his name in the short Ducking The Devil. Though he can be very devious, he is also sweet at times. His enormous appetite seems to know no bounds, as he will eat anything in his path. He is best known for his speech consisting mostly of grunts, growls, and rasps (in his earlier appearances, he does speak English with primitive grammar) as well as his ability to spin like a vortex and bite through nearly anything. Taz does have one weakness: he can be calmed by almost any music. While in this calm state, he can be easily dealt with.

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Little-Known Fact
The only music NOT known to pacify Taz is the bagpipes, which he finds insufferable. Bagpipes! Who knew?!?!

Robert McKimson based the character on the real life Tasmanian devil, or more specifically its carnivorous nature, voracious appetite, and surly disposition. Owen and Pemberton suggest that the character of the Tasmanian Devil was inspired by Errol Flynn. The most noticeable resemblance between the Australian marsupial and McKimson's creation is their ravenous appetites and crazed behavior. Although the bipedal Tasmanian Devil's appearance does not resemble its marsupial inspiration, it contains multilayered references to other "devils": he has horn-shaped tufts of fur on his head (similar to the Devil's appearance) and whirls about like a dust devil (similar in appearance to a tornado) which sounds like several motors whirring in unison. Taz is constantly ravenously hungry. His efforts to find more food (animate or inanimate) are always a central plot device of his cartoons.

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The following Looney Tunes Pure Silver Proof coins were released in 2018:

    1)  Bugs Bunny
    2)  Daffy Duck
    3)  Tweety Bird
    4)  Sylvester J. Pussycat, Sr.
    5)  Tasmanian Devil (Taz)

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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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The obverse depicts Taz bursting out of the concentric rings of the Looney Tunes logo, with his hands ready for mischief and the Looney Tunes vector logo in the background. The design also includes the legend TASMANIAN DEVIL and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

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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, while the legend 1 OZ 9999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Each coin is presented inside a clear acrylic case, allowing both sides of the coin to be displayed, protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. WB SHIELD: © & ™ WBEI. (s18)

Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2018
Face Value 50 Cents
Weight 15.553 g
Diameter 32.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)      
2.60 mm
Mintage Limit    5,000
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Warner Brothers (obverse)
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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