5 Dollars - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Lesser Bilby
|Queen||Elizabeth II (1952-date)|
5.00 AUD = 3.65 USD
|Composition||Nickel plated silver (.999) (Selective gold plating on fauna)|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
Echoes of Australian Fauna
4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
Lesser Bilby depicted in gold in harsh dry grassland.
Lettering: LESSER BILBY
Engraver: B. King
© Richard Thomas
MintRoyal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)
This NCLT Silver (.999) Proof coin was released by the RAM to commemorate Australian Fauna. Australia's driest deserts were once home to a tenacious little marsupial that lurked in sandy burrows by day and emerged after dark to hunt for small prey. The lesser bilby, which sported a long tail and ears, along with a fierce temperament, was declared extinct in the 1950s.
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