The second release within the Perth Mint’s Birds of Australia coin series features the Budgerigar. This tiny green and yellow parrot is one of the most popular pet birds, but lives in the wild in the vast open spaces of inland Australia.
“Well-known around the world as an intelligent companion, the charming Budgerigar was a natural choice for our stunning Birds of Australia coin program,” said Ron Currie, Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director.
The reverse of the coin is designed by Natasha Muhl and features the Budgerigar in color with representations of Australian vegetation. The inscription “Budgerigar” appears above and the Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark is incorporated into the design. 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. The diameter is 36.60 mm with a thickness of 2.30 mm. The coins are housed in a display case with a colored, illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity. The limit for this product is 10,000 coins worldwide.
The initial release of the new series featured the Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo. Forthcoming releases will feature the Regent Bowerbird, Rainbow Lorikeet, and Splendid Fairy-Wren.
For ordering and additional information, please visit the Perth Mint’s page dedicated to the new series.