The platypus is one of Australia’s most curious and fascinating native animals. This small, amphibious mammal has a tail like a beaver, a body like an otter, a beak like a duck, and it lays eggs like a reptile!
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This month the Star Trek coin program celebrates the 24th century adventures of Deep Space Nine. Fans will be delighted at the designs of the two silver proof coins featuring Captain Benjamin Sisko and the Deep Space 9 space station.
Stunning new silver releases reflect worldwide interest in the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The superb issues include a 2oz antiqued release featuring an embedded clock!
Outstanding high relief coins come aplenty with 2015 additions to the gold and silver Wedge-tailed Eagle series and the iconic Australian Kangaroo.
More famous native animals – a kookaburra, kangaroo and koala – are portrayed in colour on this year’s Australian Outback 1/2oz silver coin collection.
An addition to Sunburnt Country, another coloured Australian series, symbolises the Great Barrier Reef with the inscription “I love her jewel sea” from Dorothy Mackellar’s beloved poem, My Country.
July also marks the release of the fifth coins from the popular Disney Princess series. This month it’s the turn of Jasmine, the star of Alladin.
Finally, the 2015 0.5g gold Mini Koala makes an adorable gift or personal keepsake.
This month’s release of Muttaburrasaurus makes now the perfect time to acquire all five releases from the Australian Age of Dinosaurs coin series.
With designs and accompanying Certificates verified by the Queensland-based Australian Age of Dinosaurs initiative, this series reflects the latest specialist knowledge about five famous dinosaurs that once inhabited the evolving Australian landscape.
Each struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and issued as Australian legal tender, the coins in this series portray the extraordinary Australovenator, Diamantinasaurus, Leaellynasaura, Minmi and Muttaburrasaurus on dramatic coloured backgrounds.
No more than 5,000 of each coin will be released, making the Australian Age of Dinosaurs series an exceptional acquisition for anyone interested in the discovery, conservation and research of Australia’s dinosaurs.
Guinness World Records certifies that the world’s most dangerous ants are Australian.
Almost all the 90 or so species of bull ant are endemic to this country. Also known as bulldog ants, sergeant ants, jumper ants and by other worrisome names, they’re easily provoked into angry and aggressive behaviour.
Bull ants often have bright red or orange colouration. The can grow up to 40mm long, have large eyes, impressive jaws and a very venomous sting.
Bull ants live underground, but exit en masse to deter intruders from getting too near the entrance to their nest. With well-developed vision, bull ants are known to track and chase interlopers. The jumper ant species is so bold that it leaps at victims!
Anything not smart enough to get out of the way can expect to be grabbed by a bull ant’s jaws, or mandibles, before being injected repeatedly by the sting on the end of its abdomen.
While it’s usually other insects on the receiving end, humans need to be cautions in the vicinity of bull ants. Their sting is extremely painful and can cause dangerous allergic reactions in some people. “On a few occasions this sting has been enough to kill adults within 15 minutes,” cites Guinness World Records.
The tenth coin in the Australian Deadly and Dangerous Series features a head-on image of a menacing-looking bull ant in superb colour. Housed in a high-gloss timber display case, just 5,000 of these antagonistic coins will be released.
It’s a well-known fact that large sections of Australian waters are shark and crocodile infested, instilling fear in the hearts and minds of anyone that dares to venture into the wondrous blue.
But which one of these predators is our country’s most deadly, we hear you ask, and why?
Few creatures conjure up more terror than the great white shark, with many imagining them to be hungry for human blood. In reality, such attacks are rare. Researchers believe that rather than preying on humans to eat them, sharks are instead taking a bite out of curiosity. Not a very nice thought though, is it!
As the largest predatory fish in existence, the great white can grow to an average of 4.6m in length and is firmly at the top of the aquatic food chain. It has such a strong sense of smell that it can detect blood in the water up to 5km away, meaning it can easily locate and demolish its prey pretty effectively. This beast is also equipped with 300 extremely sharp teeth, arranged in up to 7 rows, further adding to the fear factor!
Australia’s saltwater crocodile or ‘saltie’, as it is affectionately referred to, is even more monstrous in size than the great white, reaching a staggering 6.5m in length. Known as the largest living reptile on the planet in terms of body mass, these aggressive hunters are found in Western Australia, Queensland, and the Northern Territory. The saltie possesses the strongest bite of any animal and it is said to be 10 times more powerful than that of a great white shark. They are masters of camouflage and can strike at amazing speed. Over time, they have evolved into effective killing machines.
These opportunistic creatures will eat whatever they can find, meaning humans and most animals are definitely on the menu! In fact, a 5.5m saltwater crocodile called Brutus was recently pictured with a bull shark between its jaws in Kakadu’s Adelaide River. Incidentally, this famous 80 year-old, two tonne creature is missing its right foreleg, believed to have been torn off in a fight with a shark when he was younger!
Both the salt water crocodile and the great white shark are pre-historic creatures that have been around for millions of years, making them two of evolution’s greatest success stories. With such predatory similarities, many have questioned who would win in a battle! According to various social media platforms, it is debated that if such an encounter would ever occur that both animals would end up maiming each other. This would be down to their individual bite force, tooth type, armour, and jaw size!
This month, The Perth Mint is honouring these two lethal brutes with the release of a