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2007 P GOLD AUSTRALIA $50 COIN NGC PROOF 70 ULTRA CAMEO FAUNA SERIES ECHIDNA ONLY 269 MINTED

2007 P GOLD AUSTRALIA $50 COIN NGC PROOF 70 ULTRA CAMEO FAUNA SERIES ECHIDNA ONLY 269 MINTED
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Country of Origin: Australia

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

REIGN OF ELIZABETH II (1952-PRESENT)

DISCOVER AUSTRALIA SERIES – AUSTRALIAN FAUNA - THE ECHIDNA

 GOLD $50 COIN CERTIFIED BY NGC PROOF 70 ULTRA CAMEO

ONLY 269 MINTED!

 

OBV: ELIZABETH II PORTRAIT HEAD WITH TIARA RIGHT; DENOMINATION BENEATH.

REV: ECHIDNA FACING STANDING ON LEAVES SNOUT DOWN; DATE BENEATH.

KM # 967

ECHIDNAS. SOMETIMES KNOWN AS SPINY ANTEATERS ARE MONOTREMES, EGG-LAYING MAMMALS, LIKE THE PLATYPUS. THE FOUR SPECIES OF ECHIDNAS ARE NOT RELATED TO TRUE ANTEATERS, ALTHOUGH THEIR DIET CONSISTS MAINLY OF ANTS AND TERMITES. ECHIDNAS ARE FOUND IN THE WILD ONLY IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW GUINEA.

THE NAME ECHIDNA COMES FROM A CREATURE FROM GREEK MYTHOLOGY WHO WAS PART WOMAN AND PART SNAKE, AND ECHIDNAS WERE PERCEIVED TO HAVE QUALITIES OF BOTH MAMMALS AND REPTILES.

ECHIDNAS ARE MEDIUM-SIZED, WEIGHING ON AVERAGE BETWEEN 9 POUNDS FOR FEMALES AND 13 POUNDS FOR MALES. THESE SOLITARY MAMMALS ARE COVERED WITH COARSE HAIR AND SPINES RESEMBLING THE HEDGEHOG OR PORCUPINE. POWERFUL DIGGERS, THEY HAVE VERY SHORT AND STRONG LIMBS AND LARGE CLAWS WHICH MAKE THEM POWERFUL DIGGERS. THEY HAVE ELONGATED SLENDER SNOUTS WHICH FUNCTION AS NOSE AND MOUTH. THEY USE THEIR CLAWS TO RIP OPEN LOGS AND ANTHILLS, AND USE THEIR STICKY TONGUES TO COLLECT PREY.

IF THREATENED, THE ECHIDNA WILL CURL ITSELF INTO A BALL TO LET THEIR SPINES PROTECT THEM, OR, BURROW FAST AND HARD WITH THEIR POWERFUL CLAWS TO HOLD FAST AGAINST A PREDATOR TRYING TO EXTRICATE THEM FROM A HOLE.

THE AVERAGE LIFESPAN OF AN ECHIDNA IN THE WILD IS 14–16 YEARS. THE RECORD IN CAPTIVITY WAS 50 YEARS.

THE POPULATION CONSERVATION STATUS IS CONSIDERED STABLE AND OF LEAST CONCERN.

THE ABORIGINALS OF AUSTRALIA CONSIDER THE ECHIDNA TO BE A FOOD DELICACY.

 

CONTAINS 15.5 GRAMS OF .999 FINE GOLD (.5 OZ AGW)

 

25 mm IN DIAMETER

ONLY 269 MINTED!

PERTH MINT

 

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