The Australian Perth Mint Announces the Release of the Limited Edition 2015 Funnel-Web Spider Silver Coin. These spectacular coins will be limited to a mintage of only one million worldwide. Texas Precious Metals is a national distributor of Perth Mint products.
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.
These bullion coins are presented without capsules in protective tubes of 25 coins. There are 20 tubes to a monster box. Each tube is sealed with The Perth Mint’s tamper evident security seal.
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 centimetre to 5 centimetres in length.
The male funnel-web is more lightly built than the female. Both sexes have a body colour 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 metres above ground). They are commonly found in suburban rockeries and shrubberies, rarely in lawns or other open terrain.
This 1oz silver bullion coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965.