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2014 Megafauna Genyornis 1oz Silver Proof Coin

This remarkable series goes back in Australia’s history to discover the larger-than-life animals that once roamed our land, with the third release depicting the Genyornis.

The Genyornis is a giant extinct bird that was part of a range of megafaunal creatures, which inhabited Australia during the Pleistocene period.

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This incredible flightless bird was heavily built, standing more than two metres tall, with massive hind legs, tiny wings and hoof-like toes. Fossils of Genyornis have been found in association with human artefacts, including cave paintings and carved footprints, suggesting human co-existence.

Sometimes such fossils have been found in groups, suggesting that, like emus, the species may have lived in mobs.

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 – Genyornis 1oz Silver Proof Coins will be released by The Perth Mint.

The coin’s reverse depicts a Genyornis set against a coloured background. The inscription GENYORNIS, 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.

Metal Content (Troy oz) 1

Monetary Denomination (AUD) 1

Fineness (% purity) 99.9

Minimum Gross Weight (g) 31.135

Maximum Diameter (mm) 40.60

Maximum Thickness (mm) 4.00

Maximum Mintage: 6,500

 
 
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