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Tuvalu 2018 Australia's Remarkable Reptiles #6 - Green Tree Python Snake $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 sinister looking Green Tree Python pure silver dollar the perfect addition to your numismatic zoo!

Sixth 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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With a total mintage limit of only 5,000, and being the sixth in an unique and highly desirable series, the Green Tree Python 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! Previous issues in the Remarkable Reptiles Series include:

    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

    +  Saltwater Crocodile $100 Pure Gold Proof (mintage 150)

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The Green Tree Python
The green tree python (Morelia viridis) is a species of python native to the Cape York Peninsula of Australia, New Guinea, and islands in Indonesia. Described by Hermann Schlegel in 1872, it was known for many years as Chondropython viridis. As its name suggests, it is a bright green snake that can reach 2 meters (6-1/2 feet) in length and 1.6 kg (4 lbs) in weight, with females slightly larger and heavier than males. Living generally in trees, the green tree python mainly hunts and eats small reptiles and mammals. It is a popular pet and numbers in the wild have suffered with large-scale smuggling of wild-caught green tree pythons in Indonesia. Despite this, the green tree python is rated as least concern on the IUCN Red List of Endangered species.

Primarily arboreal, these snakes have a particular way of resting in the branches of trees: they loop a coil or two over the branches in a saddle position and place their head in the middle. This trait is shared with the emerald tree boa (Corallus caninus) of South America. This habit, along with their appearance, has caused people to confuse the two species when encountered outside their natural habitats.

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

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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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Obverse
A full color, naturalistic portrait of a sinister looking Green Tree Python in its natural surroundings, framed by the border of reptilian scales, teeth, claws and skin. The legend GREEN TREE PYTHON 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 9999 AG 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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