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1992 RAM Decimal Proof Coin Set
Magnificent mint condition proof set that has been well looked after.
This set does not include the original outer box but the outer wallet and inner information pages are pristine.
The 1992 coin set features the $1 coin with the javelin thrower. This coin was never released for general circulation and was only available as a part of a set.
The coins truly celebrate Australia's natural heritage and pay tribute to our oldest natural inhabitants. The feather tail glider, the frill necked lizard, the spiny ant eater, the lyre bird, the platypus, the kangaroo and the emu are joined by Australia's earliest human inhabitant the aborigine.
A nice addition to any collection and a well priced gift for a friend overseas to showcase our country.
Echidnas (Spiny Ant Eaters) are small, solitary mammals covered with coarse hair and spines. Superficially, they resemble the anteaters of South America and other spiny mammals such as hedgehogs and porcupines. They have elongated and slender snouts which function as both mouth and nose. Like the platypus, they are equipped with electrosensors, but while the platypus has 40,000 electroreceptors on its bill, the long-billed echidna has only 2,000, and the short-billed echidna, which lives in a drier environment, has no more than 400 located at the tip of its snout. They have very short, strong limbs with large claws, and are powerful diggers. Echidnas have tiny mouths and toothless jaws. The echidna feeds by tearing open soft logs, anthills and the like, and using its long, sticky tongue, which protrudes from its snout, to collect prey. The short-beaked echidna's diet consists largely of ants and termites, while the Zaglossus species typically eats worms and insect larvae. Long-beaked echidnas have sharp, tiny spines on their tongues that help capture their prey.
Echidnas and the platypus are the only egg-laying mammals, known as monotremes. The female lays a single soft-shelled, leathery egg 22 days after mating, and deposits it directly into her pouch. Hatching takes place after 10 days; the young echidna then sucks milk from the pores of the two milk patches (monotremes have no nipples) and remains in the pouch for 45 to 55 days, at which time it starts to develop spines. The mother digs a nursery burrow and deposits the young, returning every five days to suckle it until it is weaned at seven months.
*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.
5c the Spiny Ant Eater,
10c the Lyre Bird,
20c the Platypus,
50c the Kangaroo and Emu on the Coat of Arms
$1 a javelin thrower for the Barcelona XXV Olympiad, This coin was not released into circulation (known as an NCLT issue). It was a standard size 25mm aluminium bronze dollar weighing 9 grams with edge interrupted reeding. The reverse depicts a Javelin thrower sculpted by Margaret Priest with "XXV OLYMPIAD BARCELONA 1 DOLLAR", the legend. The obverse is the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
$2 an aboriginal elder.
All six proof coins are set and housed in a clear sealed plastic container. The set is encased in a Royal Australian Mint protective foam cover.