This remarkable series goes back in Australia’s history to discover the larger-than-life animals that once roamed our land, with the second release depicting the Diprotodon.
The incredible Diprotodon was a giant marsupial that was part of a range of megafaunal creatures which inhabited Australia during the Pleistocene period.
Although related to the wombat and koala, the Diprotodon resembled a rhinoceros in size. The quadruped had pillar-like legs, broad footpads and strong claws on its front feet. It was not a particularly prepossessing animal, as its turned in feet gave it a pigeon-toed appearance, coupled with a massive skull and two large upper front teeth.
The Diprotodon was the first mammal fossil named from Australia in 1838. The creature was once widespread across the mainland, possibly co-existing with Aboriginals for thousands of years.
Struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965. No more than 6,500 of these 2014 Australian Megafauna – Diprotodon 1oz Silver Proof Coins will be released by The Perth Mint.
The coin’s reverse depicts a Diprotodon set against a coloured background. The inscription DIPROTODON, the coin’s weight and purity, and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark are also incorporated into the design. The coin's obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the year-date and the monetary denomination.
This coin is housed in The Perth Mint’s grey presentation case with a themed shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
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