This stunning mint condition proof set in still in its full original packaging.
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.
This collection of eight proof coins displays some of Australia’s most original inhabitants,
1c the Feather Tail Glider,
2c the Filled Neck Lizard,
5c the Spiny Ant Eater,
10c the Lyre Bird,
20c the Platypus,
50c the Kangaroo and Emu on the Coat of Arms
$1 the Kangaroo,
$2 an aboriginal elder. It is the very first release with the new $2 coin.
All seven proof coins are set and housed in a clear sealed plastic container. The set is encased in a Royal Australöian Mint protective foam cover.
The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is a semi-aquatic mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. It is the sole living representative of its family (Ornithorhynchidae) and genus (Ornithorhynchus), though a number of related species have been found in the fossil record. The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, with some considering it an elaborate fraud. It is one of the few venomous mammals, the male platypus having a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans. The unique features of the platypus make it an important subject in the study of evolutionary biology and a recognisable and iconic symbol of Australia; it has appeared as a mascot at national events and is featured on the reverse of the Australian 20 cent coin. The platypus is the animal emblem of the state of New South Wales. Until the early 20th century, it was hunted for its fur, but it is now protected throughout its range. Although captive breeding programmes have had only limited success and the platypus is vulnerable to the effects of pollution, it is not under any immediate threat.
*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.