The fifth and final release within the Perth Mint’s Birds of Australia coin series features the Splendid Fairy-Wren. The one-half ounce 99.9% fine silver coins have a limit mintage of 10,000 pieces.
These birds are widely distributed in southwest and inland southeast Australia and inhabit dense shrubs and woodlands where they hop and bounce among the undergrowth in search of insects. During the breeding season, the male moults into brilliant blue plumage. The mainly grey-brown female builds an oval domed nest in which to incubate her eggs. Other members of the group all help-out with feeding the chicks.
The reverse design of the coin is designed by Natasha Muhl and features colored depictions of the male of the species with blue breeding plumage and the gray-brown female amidst representations of Australian vegetation. The obverse features the Ian-Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with inscriptions indicating the precious metal fineness and content, along with the “2013” date, and legal tender denomination.
Each coin is struck in one-half ounce of 99.9% silver to proof quality with a diameter is 36.60 mm and thickness of 2.30 mm. The coins are housed in a display case with a colored, illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity. The limited mintage is established at 10,000 pieces worldwide.
Previous releases of the series have featured the Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo, Budgerigar, Regent Bowerbird, and Rainbow Lorikeet.
This coin and other new releases can be found in the Perth Mint website recent releases section.