First Coin in the NEW “Australian Megafauna” Series
This remarkable new series explores Australia’s history to discover the larger than life animals that once roamed our land, with the first release featuring the Procoptodon.
The Procoptodon is a giant extinct marsupial that was part of a range of megafaunal creatures, which inhabited Australia during the Pleistocene period.
The Procoptodon is the largest and most heavily built kangaroo ever to have existed. It has an unusually short, flat face and forward pointing eyes with long, clawed fingers and a single large toe on each foot. The height of the Procoptodon has been estimated at up to three metres.
The animal is thought to have existed in large numbers, suggesting that it was a very successful species until its decline and eventual extinction.
Releases: Diprotodon (January), Genyornis (March), Thylacoleo (May) and Megalania (July).
* Struck from 99.9% pure Proof Silver
* Certified NGC PF70 First Releases
* The 2013 Procoptodon has an extremely limited mintage of only 6,500!
The reverse was designed by Peter Trusler, a world renowned freelance artist and zoological science graduate from Monash University, Melbourne.
Trusler holds a special interest in biological illustration and is a founding member of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia. His work is highly regarded and has been published around the world, in print media, books, medical and scientific journals, posters and stamps. Collections of his work are held in both national and international archives, most notably, the Australia Post Philatelic Collection, Melbourne; Museum Victoria, Melbourne; and the National Geographic Society Collection, Washington.
Each coin's reverse depicts a Procoptodon set against a coloured background. The inscription PROCOPTODON, the coin's weight and fineness, and The Perth Mint's 'P' mintmark are also incorporated into the design.
Issued as Australian legal tender, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2013 year-date and the monetary denomination.
Each coin is individually presented in a classic grey display case and comes housed within an illustrated shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
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