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Snake On Deadly & Dangerous Dollar
By World Coin News
April 10, 2013

This article was originally printed in World Coin News.
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Another Deadly & Dangerous Australian is on the loose. The latest issue in Tuvalu’s popular silver dollars celebrating lethal Aussies is now out. This time around it is the turn of Pelamis platurus, the Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake, to bring a little excitement to our lives.

For those who have managed to avoid a face-to-face encounter with this D&D critter, Pelamis platurus is the most widely distributed of all sea snakes. It is found around much of the Pacific rim and throughout the waters of the Indian Ocean. It is the only sea snake to have reached the Hawaiian Islands and one of the few to visit New Zealand. It is totally pelagic, even giving birth in the open sea.

When it comes to putting the bite on you, Yellow-Bellies are rarely aggressive. If you leave them alone, they will leave you alone. This is just as well as their venom is potent, damaging muscle as well as producing drowsiness, vomiting, neuromuscular paralysis and/or direct renal damage. Nasty. Fatalities have been reported. The coloration serves as a warning.

Once again, this latest D&D proof issue has been struck by The Perth Mint on 1 ounce of .999 fine silver. Mintage is 5,000. As of April 2 the coin became available from Downies. Collectors in North America can call (877) 897-7696 or visit

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