The $1 Red-Back Spider Coin Is Freaking Me Out

In mid-September, Macquarie Mint will release 500 Red-Back Spider $1 coins as part of its aptly named ‘Deadly & Dangerous’ collection. There are six more in the series, ranging from the dingo to the great white shark. Strewth! Here are the details.

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Struck in solid 14-carat gold, the Deadly & Dangerous Gold Coin Collection are official legal tender coins. The only difference is that they contain a unique ‘Deadly & Dangerous’ privy mark and one of Australia’s most deadly animals.

Here’s the official spiel from Macquarie Mint:

Celebrating Australia’s most deadly and dangerous animals Macquarie Mint is proud to present the Deadly & Dangerous Gold Coin Collection. This collection captures the most notorious Australian creatures in genuine solid gold, carrying the ‘Deadly & Dangerous’ D privymark that is exclusive to this collection.

Unfortunately, the Deadly & Dangerous coins aren’t designed for general circulation. Instead, you need to purchase them directly from the Macquarie Mint website or on the collector’s market.

Prices start at $79.95, which is pretty hefty for a coin that has a literal value of $1 – in the Solomon Islands no less. On the plus side, orders come with a full-colour booklet, certificates of authenticity/ownership, a magnifying glass and a custom-made timber case.

Future editions to the series will include the Blue-ringed Octopus, Saltwater Crocodile and Eastern Brow Snake. Sadly, the internationally-dreaded Drop Bear does not appear to be part of the series.

That’s a bloody outrage, that is!

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