If ever it’s threatened, the Frilled Neck Lizard has a remarkable strategy for self-protection.
It amounts to a demonic display involving thrashing its tail, opening its brightly-coloured mouth, hissing aggressively and, most amazing of all, extending the famous frill around its neck.
What’s more, this extraordinary reptile can stand tall on its hind limbs and make a mad, skedaddling dash directly towards its predator.
These actions are often enough to scare its foe into retreat, or at least buy enough time to sprint towards the safety of the nearest tree.
[Did You Know? The Frilled Neck Lizard’s scientific name is Chlamydosaurus kingii, meaning “King’s cloaked lizard”.]
Numismatic immortality was conferred on the Frilled Neck Lizard when Stuart Devlin portrayed it in classic pose – chest raised, mouth open and frill extended – for Australia’s two cent coin issued in 1966.
The memorable wildlife design was lost from everyday use, however, when the two cent coin (along with the one cent) was withdrawn in 1992.
The Frilled Neck Lizard 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin featured in our video clip represents a great opportunity to enjoy this astonishing Australian animal on a modern numismatic issue. Struck from 99.9% pure silver with a meticulous coloured design, no more than 5,000 of these superb collectables will be released worldwide.