10 Dollars - Elizabeth II Third Portrait - Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Piedfort
10.00 AUD = 6.86 USD
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Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
Australia's Endangered Species
3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1997
Cockatoo perched on branch of a dead tree. Name of bird and denomination. Also looks to have the engraver's initials under branch to right of coin.
RED-TAILED BLACK COCKATOO
In bush folklore, the cry of the South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii graptogyne is reputed to herald rain - making them a welcome sight in rural Australia. Found in eucalypt woodlands or along watercourses, the south-eastern subspecies has been reduced to a fragmented population of fewer than 1000 birds, and is threatened by the clearing of the trees in which they nest. Illegal bird trappers are also thought to be reducing the numbers of the attractive bird.
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