The latest coin in the Remarkable Reptiles series of Australia features a green tree python. This reptile is generally found in the Cape York Peninsula of Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesian islands.
The bright green coloured snake lives generally on trees. It can grow up to 2 meters long and can weigh almost 1.6 kilograms. Females are a bit heavier and bigger than males. They generally loop themselves over a branch and drape their head in the middle. This python feeds on smaller reptiles and mammals. People tame these pythons as pets and they are smuggled on a large scale in Indonesia due to which their numbers are dwindling.
The reverse features a coloured green tree python in its natural habitat. The border of the coin features reptilian scales, teeth, claws, and skin. An inscription reads GREEN TREE PYTHON. The obverse features the common portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Other inscriptions include QUEEN ELIZABETH II, date of issue, denomination and 1 OZ 9999 AG.
The Proof .9999 fine silver 31.101 grams dollar was issued for Tuvalu by Downies, and struck at the Perth Mint. It has a mintage limit of 5,000 and can be purchased for $69.95.
Image Courtesy: Perth Mint