|Actual Metal Weight:||1 ozt|
|Face Value:||1 Dollar|
|Obverse Designer:||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Reverse Designer:||Ing Ing Jong|
|Series:||Map Shaped Coin|
|Packaging:||Box and COA|
Few spiders are as toxic to human beings as the Redback Spider, a close relative of the more familiar Black Widow spider. You can thankfully keep a safe distance from this arachnid species with the 2015 Australia Map-Shaped Redback Spider 1 oz silver coin! Each of these coins contains a total of 1 troy ounce of pure silver, and each is struck from .999 fine silver. Even better, these unique map-shaped silver coins are limited to a worldwide mintage of only 6,000 pieces!
The obverse shows the right-facing portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II at the center of the Australia-shape. In a ring around the Queen's head, inscriptions include "ELIZABETH II," the issuing nation "AUSTRALIA" and the year-date "2015," along with the denomination "1 DOLLAR" at the bottom of the ring. As proofs, these coins exhibit beautiful contrast between their fields and relief devices.
On the reverse, a detailed Redback Spider is shown against a fully colorized background. The colorized portion of the coin shows a rocky mountainside with many crevices for the spider to hide in. The spider itself is shown with the Redback's distinctive hourglass-shaped red marking on its abdomen. The legend "REDBACK SPIDER" is underlined at the top rim, with the specifications "1oz 999 SILVER" below. The "P" mintmark for Perth is found against the rim to the left, while the year-date "2015" is placed at the bottom-right corner.
Although it is native only to Australia, the Redback species has accidentally been transplanted abroad, spreading to New Zealand, Japan, and as far-flung as Belgium. (They may even be more plentiful than the 6,000 Redback Spider coins that will be minted!) You can commemorate this deadly arachnid in full color with the 2015 Australia Map-Shaped Redback Spider 1 oz Proof Silver (With Box & COA), available at Gainesville Coins!