The fourth release within the Perth Mint’s Birds of Australia coin series features the Rainbow Lorikeet. This noisy and brightly colored parrot is primarily found living in far northern and eastern Australia.
The Rainbow Lorikeet has a blue head and belly, with green wings, and an orange breast. It feeds on fruit, pollen, and nectar with the help of a brush-like attachment on the end of its tongue. Pairs nest in tree hollows or palm trunks, where females generally lay and incubate two eggs.
The reverse of the coin is designed by Natasha Muhl and features a Rainbow Lorikeet in color amidst representations of Australian vegetation. The Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark also appears. 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, and Regent Bowerbird. The final upcoming release of the series will feature the Splendid Fairy Wren.
For ordering and additional information, please visit the Perth Mint’s page dedicated to the new series.