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.
A nice addition to any collection and a well priced gift for a friend overseas to showcase our country.
This proof set is struck using highly polished dies that use blanks with a smooth, bright surface. The result is a true masterpiece of flawless beauty with the flat surface of the coin having a mirrored like finish and the raised design being delicately frosted. Once minting is complete all dies are destroyed. The focus of this set is water resources, management and quality. The Royal Australian Mint and Landcare combined to produce this 1993 set. The unique dollar was designed by Vladmir Gottwald’s and features a stylised tree formed out of flowing waters.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.
The Lyrebirds are large passerine birds, amongst the largest in the order. They are ground living birds with strong legs and feet and short rounded wings. They are generally poor fliers and rarely take to the air except for periods of downhill gliding. The Superb Lyrebird is the larger of the two species. Females are 74–84 cm long, and the males are a larger 80–98 cm long—making them the third-largest passerine bird after the Thick-billed Raven and the Common Raven. Albert’s Lyrebird is slightly smaller at a maximum of 90 cm (male) and 84 cm (female) (around 30–35 inches) They have smaller, less spectacular lyrate feathers than the Superb Lyrebird, but are otherwise similar.
Lyrebirds are shy and difficult to approach, particularly the Albert’s Lyrebird, which means that there is little information about its behaviour. When lyrebirds detect potential danger they will pause and scan their surroundings, then give an alarm call. Having done so, they will either flee the vicinity on foot, or seek cover and freeze. Also, firefighters sheltering in mine shafts during bushfires have been joined by lyrebirds.
The classification of lyrebirds was the subject of much debate after the first specimens reached European scientists after 1798. They were thought to be Galliformes like the broadly similar looking partridge, junglefowl, and pheasants that Europeans were familiar with, and this was reflected in the early names the Superb Lyrebird had, including Native Pheasant. They were also called Peacock-wrens and Australian Birds-of-paradise. The idea that they were related to the pheasants was abandoned when the first chicks, which are altricial, were described. They were not placed with the passerines until a paper was published in 1840, 12 years after they were first placed in their own family, Menuridae. Within that family they are placed in a single genus, Menura.
*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.