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BUDGERIGAR Birds of Australia Silver Proof Coin 50c Australia 2013


This brand new coin program is inspired by the birds that inhabit the continent of Australia. Because of the nation’s island status, many of these species are unique and breathtakingly beautiful. Beginning with the characterful Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, and followed by the Budgerigar, Regent Bowerbird, Rainbow Lorikeet and Splendid Fairy-Wren, this series is not one to miss.

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Budgie's (Latin name: Melopsittacus undulatus) native country is the Australian continent. You can find these birds in the dry and arid areas on the whole continent. The wild budgie is about 18 centimetres long and it is very tiny in comparison to our favourite pet or show budgies. They have a much bigger head than the native budgie from Australia, and more than 100 mutations in colour have been named by budgerigar societies worldwide.
Budgerigars nest in cavities and hollow tree trunks. They prefer eucalyptus trees that grow for example near the dried up rivers or so called Billabongs. In these eucalyptus trees there are cavities in different sizes.
Like seagulls and cormorants, budgies are colonial birds. You can often see two or three couples of budgerigars bringing up their chicks in different cavities in the same eucalyptus tree. Nesting in colonies is an effective way of protection against predators. In a large flock, many birds and a lot of eyes are watching the surrounding area at the same time. This way of living guaranties a maximum of safety for each flock member. Certainly the budgerigars have to have a unified "language" to be able to warn one another in the case of danger. The budgerigar has a very various voice repertoire which every other conspecific can understand. Also in domesticated birds in an aviary or in a cage one can observe these acoustic communication and typical way of behaviour.

  • 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 portrays a Budgerigar in colour and delicate representations of Australian vegetation. The Perth Mint's 'P' mintmark is also included in the design. Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2013 year-date and monetary denomination. Numbered Certificate of Authenticity The coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.