Australia has more than 40 species of funnel-web spider which fall into two genera: Hadronyche and Atrax. Australian funnel-web spiders are medium to large in size and vary from one centimeter to 5 centimeters in length. The male funnel-web is more lightly built than the female. Both sexes have a body color that can vary from black to brown, but the hard carapace covering the front part of the body is always sparsely haired and glossy. Not all species are known to be dangerous, but several are renowned for their highly toxic and fast-acting venom. Funnel-webs make their burrows in moist, cool, sheltered habitats—under rocks, in and under rotting logs, some in rough-barked trees (occasionally meters above ground). They are commonly found in suburban rockeries and shrubberies, rarely in lawns or other open terrains. This 1oz silver bullion coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965. The Perth Mint will release no more than 1,000,000 of these coins worldwide in 2015. The coin’s reverse features a large funnel-web spider, displaying its sprawled legs and hairy body. The design also includes the inscription AUSTRALIAN FUNNEL-WEB SPIDER, the 2015 year-date, the coin specifications, and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark. The coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination. The coin is meticulously struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in bullion quality. The weight and purity of each Australian Funnel-Web Spider coin is guaranteed by the historic Perth Mint, owned by the State Government of Western Australia. These bullion coins are presented without capsules in protective tubes of 25 coins. There are 20 tubes to a box. Each tube is sealed with The Perth Mint's tamper evident security seal.
The Perth Mint Silver Funnel-Web Spider is 40.6 mm in diameter and 4 mm thick.
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