10 Dollars - Elizabeth II Third Portrait - Red-tailed Black Cockatoo - Frosted Proof
|Queen||Elizabeth II (1952-date)|
10.00 AUD = 7.17 USD
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
Red Tailed Black Cockatoo
Series: Australia's Endangered Species
3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem
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
© 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.
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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|1997||24,000||Proof - Frosted|
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