10 Dollars - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Hairy Nosed Wombat - Frosted Proof
|Queen||Elizabeth II (1952-date)|
10.00 AUD = 7.17 USD
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Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat
Series: Australia's Endangered Species
4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
Wombat in grassland
NORTHERN HAIRY-NOSED WOMBAT
© Mike Bentley
MintRoyal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)
This coin is part of a series of four Sterling Silver (.925) Proof coins released by the RAM to highlight Australia's Endangered Species.
Once common throughout New South Wales, the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat's Lasiorhinus krefftii numbers began to decline after European settlement. Between the once strong demand for the soft brown pelt of the stocky animals, and the competition with domestic livestock for the native grasses that made up their diet, the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat's population was reduced to a scattered collection of colonies, there are thought to be only 65 individual animals alive today.
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|1998||24,000||Proof - Frosted|
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