2014 1 oz Silver Australia Perth Saltwater Crocodile
The 2014 1 oz Silver Australia Perth Saltwater Crocodile BU coin is stunning in its fine detail. The active scene reveals this fierce reptile in a powerful defensive stance, with its jaws spread wide. Without a moment’s notice it could swing into a deadly attack mode.
Australia is famous for its highly diverse native wildlife species. Everything from the koala and kookaburra to the kangaroo and crocodile appear on the silver bullion coins issued by Perth Mint. The Saltwater Crocodile is certainly a magnificent creature worthy to feature on this fine release. Each of these coins contains .999 fine silver and carries a face value of $1 (AUD).
These 2014 1 oz Silver Australia Saltwater Crocodile BU coins were produced to commemorate one of the most unique and revered animals in all of Australia, as well as to celebrate Australian wildlife in general. The obverse side features the Ian Rank-Broadley 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 inscriptions include “Australian Saltwater Crocodile,” the 2014 release date, weight and purity, along with Perth Mint’s “P” mintmark.
- 2014 1 oz Silver Australia Perth Saltwater Crocodile.
- Contains 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver.
- Part of Perth Mint’s 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 jaws spread wide open. Inscriptions include “Australian Saltwater Crocodile . 2014 . 1 oz .999 Silver” along with the Perth mintmark.
- Sovereign coin backed by the Australian government.
- Individual coins come in a plastic flip. Multiples of 25 come in mint tubes. Multiples of 250 come packaged in mini monster boxes.
The saltwater crocodile is 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 (880 to 2,200 lb). 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.