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Australian Bush Babies II: Platypus released

Posted in Blog, Coins, Design, Illustration

Another super busy month with releases! This platypus coin is the the fourth release in the Bush Babies II silver coin series I designed and illustrated for The Perth Mint. There is one more release in this series, the wombat, which I think is due for release in July.

Australia Post also adapted these illustrations to fit postage stamps, which they have also just recently released. The Perth Mint and Australia Post also collaborated on a set of coin and stamp sets to be released in stages throughout the year. I will do a more detailed blog post on these with images within the next day or two.

Below are some images of the new silver platypus coin.


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


The coin’s reverse depicts the uniqueness and charm of a beautiful baby platypus in vibrant colour.  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 platypus is unique to Australia and lives beside freshwater rivers and lakes, where it creates burrows for shelter and protection.

It has webbed feet for swimming, which it does with its eyes closed and returns regularly to the water’s surface for oxygen. The platypus is one of the few mammals who possess an electroception sense, being the ability to detect biological electric fields.

Struck by The Perth Mint from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, with a large 36mm diameter, the coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965.


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

You can see my blog posts on the first, second and third releases by clicking the hyperlinks.

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