2019 $5 1oz Lesser Bilby gold plated fine silver proof coin

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2019 $5 1oz Lesser Bilby gold plated fine silver proof coin

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$ 140. 00
The 2019 $5 1oz Lesser Bilby gold plated fine silver proof coin features black nickel and selective gold plating and honours one of Australia’s lost species: the feisty little lesser bilby. View details
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The 2019 $5 1oz Lesser Bilby gold plated fine silver proof coin features black nickel and selective gold plating and honours one of Australia’s lost species: the feisty little lesser bilby.

The nocturnal lesser bilby inhabited some of Australia’s driest deserts in arid regions of South, Central and Northern Australia. It lived amid scrubby grasses and sand dunes in these beautiful but extremely harsh environments.

Unlike most members of the bandicoot family, the lesser bilby was carnivorous, eating insects and small rodents as well as seeds, fruits and fungus. During the day it hid in sandy burrows, emerging at night to forage.

It sported a long tail and ears, and a silky fur that was prized by hunters. The lesser bilby also had an attitude; it was known to bite and hiss angrily when handled.

The lesser bilby has long been known by Indigenous Australians, although there have only been a few occasions when sightings of the living animal were officially recorded before it was declared extinct. The last recorded specimen; a skull was found in 1967.

In spite of its grumpy temperament, the vanished lesser bilby is still remembered as a tenacious little tenant of some of Australia’s most extreme habitats.

Coin details
The reverse features both black nickel and selective gold plating depicting the lesser bilby in its harsh desert habitat.

Presentation
Displayed in a presentation case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

  • Mint: Royal Australian Mint
  • Year: 2019
  • Metal: 99.9% silver
  • Finish: Proof
  • Denominations: $5
  • Mintage: 5,000
  • Minimum weight: 1oz
  • Maximum diameter: 40mm
  • Reverse designer: B King
  • Obverse designer: Ian Rank-Broadley
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