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ECHIDNA SPINY ANTEATER 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 echidna. The echidna is native to Australia, and can be recognised by its spiky coat and rambling walk.

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Spiny Anteater
Echidnas also known as spiny ant eaters, is an animal of the egg-laying mammal family. It lives in Australia and New Guinea. The echidnas are named after a monster in ancient Greek mythology.
This solitary, burrowing animal has tough spines covering the top of its body. The echidna lives for over 50 years in captivity. When attacked, the echidna will quickly burrow in the ground or curl up in a ball.
Echidnas lay a single egg in a pouch on the female's belly. The egg has a leathery shell. The egg hatches in 10 days and the baby echidna is born blind and hairless. It gets milk from a gland within the mother's pouch. In a few weeks, the baby (called a puggle) develops sharp spines, and must leave the pouch. 
The spiny anteater's diet consists largely of ants and termites, it is no more closely related to the true anteaters of the Americas than to any other placental mammal.

  • 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 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 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.