The Perth Mint has recently released the first coin in a new series featuring five different birds of Australia. Each coin is struck in one-half ounce of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality and contains a color depiction of the bird.
“With some 800 species living in and around the country, our nation’s birdlife is certainly worthy of its own place on Australia’s legal tender coins,” said Ed Harbuz, Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer.
The first release of the series features the Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo, a raucous, noisy, black parrot found throughout Australia where it lives in a variety of habitats – temperate forests, woodland and dense tropical rainforest. The species gets its name from the striking red tail of male, while the female’s black feathers display a pattern of yellow spots with a banded orange and red tail.
The reverse of the coin designed by Natasha Muhl portrays a Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo in color, perched on a wooden log. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
The silver content of each coin is one-half troy ounce. The diameter is 36.60 mm and the thickness is 2.30 mm. Each coin is housed in a presentation case with a themed shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
Future releases of the series will feature the Budgerigar, Regent Bowerbird, Rainbow Lorikeet, and Splendid Fairy-wren. Each release is limited to a maximum mintage of 10,000 coins.
For ordering and additional information, please visit the Perth Mint’s page dedicated to the new series.