Art of Collecting
The second release in the Echoes of Australian Fauna series is the Lesser Bilby, the second of the three nickel and selectively gold plated silver coin featuring Australia’s extinct animals.
The lesser bilby (Macrotis leucura), also known as the yallara, the lesser rabbit-eared bandicoot or the white-tailed rabbit-eared bandicoot, was a rabbit-like marsupial. It lives in the deserts of Central Australia and is believed to be extinct since 1950s.
Measuring 40 mm in diameter, the reverse of the coin depicts the lesser bilby in its desert environment. The lesser bilby plated in gold is hiding among the tall grasses to shield itself from its prey. The uneven ground illustrated on the coin are the characteristics of Australia’s most arid deserts. The background of the coin complements well with this obdurate desert dweller.
Both the reverse and obverse of the coin is covered with black nickel. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. “AUSTRALIA” – the issuing country, “2019” – the year of issue and the face value.
The coin is presented in a stylished black coin box. It includes a certificate of authencity and there is only a limited mintage of 5,000 pieces worldwide.
The outer packaging shows the name of the series and info about the lesser bilby. Notice, the whiskers of the lesser bilby is printed at the end.
The Echoes of Australian Fauna series is the first series by the Royal Australian Mint featuring black nickel plating. We have already got our hands on the second series, the lesser bilby. The third and final series featuring the night parrot should be arriving next month.
Grab the the extinct lesser bilby now.