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2020 $5 Silver Proof Coin - Inside Australia's Most Dangerous - Western Taipan
Purchase all the three coins in this series in one transaction to receive a complementary collectors case.
The feared Western Taipan is featured in its elegant skeletal form on this 2020 $5 silver proof coin. Part of a three-coin series: ‘Australia’s Most Dangerous’, this coin highlights the beauty of Australia’s most venomous snake.
The Western Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus) is also known as the Inland Taipan, Small-scaled Snake or Fierce Snake. Feared due to having the most toxic venom of any terrestrial snake, Western Taipans are actually placid, and rarely-encountered. Western Taipans are found in the Channel country of south-western Queensland and adjacent areas of South Australia. The snakes prefer soils with deep cracks that allow them to shelter.
Western Taipans are a medium-sized to large snake, pale to dark brown, with a glossy black head. Their colour changes seasonally, becoming darker in colder months. The life cycle of the Western Taipan is closely linked to that of its main prey species, the Long-haired Rat. The elegant Western Taipans are considered a rare species and are presumed extinct in New South Wales and Victoria.
• 1oz silver in the Mint’s premium proof finish
• Reverse shows skeletal Western Taipan hunting its prey
• Packaged in a display case
• Maximum mintage 5000
• Certificate of Authenticity
• Coin’s obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II designed by Jody Clark
• Australian legal tender