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POSSUM Bush Babies II Silver Proof Coin 50c Australia 2013


The Perth Mint is pleased to announce the 2013 issue belonging to the Australian Bush Babies II series, portraying more beloved animals. The second release in this cute series depicts a baby possum. The possum is a small to medium-sized marsupial native to Australia. Usually active at night and preferring to sleep during the day, they nest high up in the trees.

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Australia has 13 species of large Australian Possums. Possums are an arboreal herbivorous marsupial. Put simply arboreal means that they live in trees, and herbivorous indicates they are plant eaters. All possums are marsupials so just like the koala and the kangaroo they have a pouch in which they carry their young.
The smallest possum is the Little Pygmy Possum with an adult head-body length of 70mm and a weight of 10g. The largest is the Bear Cuscus that may exceed 7 kg. Possums are typically nocturnal marsupial and at least partially arboreal. The various species inhabit most vegetated habitats and several species have adjusted well to urban settings.
Diets range from generalist herbivores or omnivores (the Common Brushtail possum) to specialist browsers of eucalyptus  (Greater Glider), insectivores (Mountain Pygmy Possum) and nectar-feeders (Honey Possum).
Possums communicate with each other using smells, sounds and visuals. Some sounds they use are hisses, clicks, guttural coughs and screeching.

  • CountryAustralia
  • Year2013
  • Face Value50 Cents
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)15.57 (1/2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)36.6
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)10.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The coin's reverse depicts an irresistible coloured image capturing the innocence and gentle playfulness of a beautiful baby possum. 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 coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination and 2013 year-date. Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, the coin is housed in a display case and box-shipper portraying more stunning imagery.