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Australian Bush Babies II: Echidna released

Posted in Blog, Coins, Design, Illustration

It’s a busy month with coin releases. In addition to the griffin coin, the next coin in the Australian Bush Babies II coin series has been released. The series started off with the kookaburra, followed by the possum and now the third coin has been released, which features an echidna surrounded by native Australian flora.

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Below is the coin description from the Perth Mint’s Website:


The coin’s reverse depicts an irresistible coloured image capturing the uniqueness and charm of a beautiful baby echidna. As well as The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, the design features a friendly Australian insect and delicately frosted representations of Australian bush flowers.

The echidna is native to Australia, and can be recognised by its spiky coat and rambling walk. This endearing mammal has a long snout which functions as both a mouth and a nose, and feeds by using its long, sticky tongue to collect food.

The echidna has very short, strong limbs with large claws, making them powerful diggers, and is also one of only four species of mammal that lay eggs.


Silver Content (Troy oz) 0.50
Monetary Denomination (AUD) 0.50
Fineness (% purity) 99.9
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 15.591
Maximum Diameter (mm) 36.60
Maximum Thickness (mm) 2.30
Maximum Mintage 10,000
Designer Elise Martinson




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