Specimen Quality 9999 Pure Silver
Struck from 99.99% pure silver, this year’s Mother & Baby 2oz Silver Bullion Piedfort Coin is issued as Australian legal tender with a maximum mintage of 75,000 pieces.
About the Piedfort Design
First seen in mediaeval France, piedforts take their name from the French words for ‘strong foot’ – with the implied meaning of ‘heavy weight’. With a maximum thickness of 6.42mm, the chunky new release portrays a semi-submerged Saltwater Crocodile with a baby riding on its head.
Australia has the greatest population of ‘salties’ in the world. The largest reptiles in existence, these formidable creatures are found across the north of the continent where they represent a significant danger to unwary humans.
Fiercely protective of their nests, females typically lay between 40 and 60 eggs during the breeding season. Mothers exhibit a remarkable level of maternal care for their young, often carrying hatchlings to the water by mouth. Females will also do their utmost to protect juveniles for around eight months before they naturally start to disperse.
Australian Legal Tender
The coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965. The coin’s obverse bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse, and the monetary denomination.