Magnificent mint condition proof set that has been well looked after. This set does not include the original box but the outer wallet and inner information pages are pristine.The 1991 coin set features the 50c coin with a rams head. 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.
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 with Merino rams head
$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 feathertail glider (Acrobates pygmaeus), also known as the pygmy gliding possum, pygmy glider, pygmy phalanger, flying phalanger and flying mouse, is the world’s smallest gliding possum and is named for its long feather-shaped tail. Although only the size of a very small mouse (65 to 80 mm and 10 to 14 g), it can leap and glide up to 25 m. Like other gliding mammals, the feathertail glider has a skin membrane between the fore and hind legs, thicker than that of the other marsupials like the sugar glider, but smaller in proportion, extending only between the elbows and knees. It is monotypical for its genus.
The tail is about the same length as the head and body combined, quite thin, moderately prehensile, and almost hairless except for two obvious rows of long, stiff hairs on either side. The tail, when held straight, looks like a double-sided comb. It is used to grip twigs and small branches, and to control gliding flight: steering and then braking.
The coat is a uniform mid-grey, with dark patches around the eyes and often a white patch behind the ears. The underside is lighter; the ears are moderately large and rounded.
The natural habitat of the feathertail glider is the eastern seaboard of Australia, and the glider’s distribution is from northern Queensland to Victoria.
The feathertail glider’s diet includes nectar, pollen, and arthropods.
*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.