The 2014 Silver Saltwater Crocodile (Impaired), produced by Perth Mint, is made with 1 oz of .999 pure silver. These coins were minted to commemorate what is one of the most unique and revered animals in all of Australia, as well as to celebrate Australian wildlife in general. As is the case with most Perth Mint coins, the obverse side features the profile image of Queen Elizabeth II. The reverse side of the coin is dominated by the detailed image of the Bindi with her jaws spread wide, ready to clamp down on unwary prey. The inscription ‘Australian Saltwater Crocodile, the 2014 date, weight and purity, along with Perth Mints P mintmark are also on the reverse.
- Contains 1 Troy oz of .9999 pure silver
- Part of Perth Mints Wildlife series.
- Obverse: Bears the Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the face value.
- Reverse: Features a large saltwater crocodile with its mouth wide open. The inscription ‘Australian Saltwater Crocodile, the 2014 date, weight and purity along with Perth Mints P mintmark.
- Sovereign coin backed by the Australian government
- Individual coins are packaged in a plastic capsule. Multiples of 25 come in mint tubes. Multiples of 250 come packaged in mini monster boxes.
The saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) is also widely known by the common names, estuarine or Indo-Pacific crocodile, more rarely or informally referred to as the saltie, marine or sea-going crocodile. This species is the largest of all living reptiles, as well as the largest terrestrial and riparian predator in the world.
The males of this species can reach sizes up to 6.3 m (20.7 ft.) and weigh up to 1,360 kg (3,000 lb.). However, an adult male saltwater crocodile is generally between 4.3 and 5.2 m (14 and 17 ft.) in length and weighs 400 to 1,000 kg (8802,200 lb.), rarely growing larger. Females are much smaller and often do not surpass 3 m (9.8 ft.).
As its name implies, this species of crocodile can live in salt water, but usually resides in mangrove swamps, estuaries, deltas, lagoons, and lower stretches of rivers. They have the broadest distribution of any modern crocodile, ranging from the eastern coast of India, throughout most of Southeast Asia, and northern Australia.