Silver Ounce 2022 Red-Bellied Black Snake, Coin from Tuvalu - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2022 Red-Bellied Black Snake, Coin from Tuvalu
CoinSilver Ounce 2022 Red-Bellied Black Snake

The Tuvaluan Dollar is the currency of Tuvalu - a small nation in the Pacific Ocean. Tuvalu has never had banknotes of its own, and has been issuing coins since 1976; these circulate together with coins of the Australian Dollar, which is also legal tender in the country, and to which the Tuvaluan Dollar is pegged.

The Australian Perth Mint issues a large variety of non-circulating legal tender coins under the authority of Tuvalu. Some of these are in the silver ounce format (abbreviated as 1 oz). Strictly speaking, they are not bullion as they are priced at a premium and are targeted at collectors who appreciate them for their artistic merit and collectable value and not just for their precious metal content.

This coin is part of the Deadly and Dangerous series featuring native Australian animals, and shows a Red-Bellied Black Snake.

Snakes have always frightened people. There are countless movies and books where characters have terrifying encounters with them. Most of us have come across these slithering creatures in our own lives, too. When you see a red-bellied black snake, chances are you will freeze in fear. These are truly intimidating-looking serpents even though they are quite shy and prefer to be left alone. And while they are venomous, luckily no deaths have ever been reported from red-bellied snake bites.

The Perth Mint says about the coin:
The Deadly and Dangerous series features some of Australia's most terrifying creatures. A true Australian by nature, the Red-bellied Black Snake is a sun and water lover! Common in woodlands, swamps and forests and indigenous to Australia’s eastern regions, it is one of the most commonly encountered venomous snakes. On average 1.25m in length it has smooth, glossy black scales that are highlighted by bright reds and oranges at its flanks ‐ fading to a dull red belly. A truly eye‐catching reptile, it certainly rings true that the most beautiful creatures on Earth are the deadliest.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage2,500
Obverse
Tuvalu / Silver Ounce 2022 Red-Bellied Black Snake - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content. "1 oz 9999 Ag" means "one ounce of 99.99% silver" ("Ag" is abbreviated from Argentum, the Latin word for silver).

Obverse Inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Reverse
Tuvalu / Silver Ounce 2022 Red-Bellied Black Snake - reverse photo

The coin’s reverse is coloured and depicts a snake ready to strike.

Above right, the inscription AUSTRALIA’S RED-BELLIED BLACK SNAKE.

The precious metal content, face value and date of issue are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription AUSTRALIA’S RED-BELLIED BLACK SNAKE
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof, coloured.
Packaging: in timber presentation box with illustrated outer shipper, and a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint SKU: 22M48AAA
Issue price: AU$ 169.00

The Perth Mint calls the coins in the series "Commissioned Products" with no further information on who commissioned them; uncharacteristically (probably reflecting this fact), there is no mint mark on them either. There is no available primary information on this series; it seems that the coins are commissioned by the Australian company Downies, with the silver coins being struck by the Perth Mint and the gold coins in the series (some with the same designs) by PAMP.

See also

Coins in the Deadly and Dangerous series are issued for a number of counties and include:
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Red-Back Spider 2006
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Great White Shark 2007
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Blue-Ringed Octopus 2008
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Saltwater Crocodile 2009
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Eastern Brown Snake 2010
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Box Jellyfish 2011
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Red-Back Spider (Russian version) 2011
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Great White Shark (Russian version) 2011
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Blue-Ringed Octopus (Russian version) 2011
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Saltwater Crocodile (Russian version) 2011
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Eastern Brown Snake (Russian version) 2011
- 0.5 g Gold, Tokelau, Red-Back Spider 2012
- 0.5 g Gold, Tokelau, Great White Shark 2012
- 0.5 g Gold, Tokelau, Blue-Ringed Octopus 2012
- 0.5 g Gold, Tokelau, Saltwater Crocodile 2012
- 0.5 g Gold, Tokelau, Eastern Brown Snake 2012
- 0.5 g Gold, Tokelau, Box Jellyfish 2012
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Funnel Web Spider 2012
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake 2013
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Spider-Hunting Scorpion 2014
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Bull Ant 2015
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Death Adder 2016
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Bull Shark 2017
- 1 oz Gold, Niue, Red-Back Spider 2018
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Dingo 2018
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Lionfish 2019
- 5 oz Gold, Niue, Red-Back Spider 2020
- 5 oz Silver, Niue, Red-Back Spider 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Niue, Tarantula 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Tarantula 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Niue, Stingray 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Stingray 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Niue, Red-Bellied Black Snake 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Red-Bellied Black Snake 2022

Showing 16 from a total of 116 coins of type: Silver Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Ounce 2021 The Red Flag Fleet - Ching Shih 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 Year of the Tiger Rotating Charm 3,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 1 DOLLAR TUVALU 2022 ·
Silver Ounce (x4) 2022 Year of the Tiger Quadrant 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait 2022 ELIZABETH II 1 oz Ag 9999 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 James Bond - 007 30,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 James Bond 60th Anniversary 50,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 James Bond 60th Anniversary, Rectangle 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II TUVALU 1oz 9999 Ag 1 DOLLAR 2022
Silver Ounce 2022 John Wayne 3,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 Red-Bellied Black Snake 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 Street Fighter - Ryu 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 Street Fighter - Chun Li 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 The Simpsons - Homer Simpson 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 The Simpsons - Bart Simpson 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 Minted Mini - Bart Simpson 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II TUVALU 1 oz 999 Ag 1 DOLLAR 2022
Silver Ounce 2022 Goddesses of Olympus - Hera 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 Goddesses of Olympus - Athena 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 The Black Flag Fleet - The Rising Sun 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
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Silver Ounce 2022 Red-Bellied Black Snake: Details
CountryTuvalu
CurrencyTuvaluan Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2022
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage2,500
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.600 mm
Thickness3.210 mm
Mass31.107 g
OCC IDMXKD-OKQC-RWJV-OWQJ
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Deadly & Dangerous Red-Bellied Black Snake 2022 $1 Coloured 1oz Silver Proof Coin
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Deadly & Dangerous Red-Bellied Black Snake 2022 $1 Coloured 1oz Silver Proof Coin
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Deadly & Dangerous Red-Bellied Black Snake 2022 $1 Coloured 1oz Silver Proof Coin
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